Yankees close to signing top pick
N.C. State righty to get $4.5M major-league deal
Posted: Wednesday August 15, 2007 3:12PM; Updated: Wednesday August 15, 2007 3:50PM
The Yankees are close to signing Andrew Brackman, the 6-foot-10, right-handed pitcher from North Carolina State they selected with the 30th pick in the first round this year, SI.com has learned.
It is expected to be a major-league deal for four years and about $4.5 million.
Some of the money will be paid out over several years, with the present-day value believed to be worth about $3.7 million.
The contract has an unusual structure because Brackman may have to undergo Tommy John surgery on his elbow -- the Yankees also will get three club options at the end of the four years. If they exercise all three, Brackman stands to make about $13 million.