Yankees add former first-round pick Andrew Brackman

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The Yankees gave 6-foot-10 right-hander Andrew Brackman a late callup Thursday, and he’s expected to make his major league debut at some point during the final week and a half.
Brackman, an NC State product, was taken 30th overall in 2007 and give a $4.5 million major league contract even though expectations were that he would need Tommy John surgery. He underwent the procedure and didn’t make his pro debut until 2009, when he went 2-12 with a 5.91 ERA for low Single-A Charleston.
Despite his struggles, Brackman was moved up to high-A Tampa to open 2010. He went 5-4 with a 5.10 ERA there, but his impressive 56/9 K/BB ratio in 60 innings led to another promotion. He joined Double-A Trenton in June and went 5-7 with a 3.01 ERA and a 70/30 K/BB ratio in 80 2/3 innings. After the All-Star break, he had a 2.10 ERA in 60 innings.
Brackman turns 25 this winter, and it’s doubtful that he’s ready for the majors yet. However, he’s progressed to the point at which he should begin 2011 at the top of Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s rotation, and he could be a candidate to start games for the Yankees by midseason if injuries strike. If he appears this month, it figures to be in mop-up relief.

Report: Royals sign Neftali Feliz

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals have signed free agent reliever Neftali Feliz, pending a physical. The Brewers designated Feliz for assignment last week and released him on Monday.

Feliz, 29, opened the season as the Brewers’ closer, but struggled and was eventually taken out of the role in mid-May, giving way to Corey Knebel. In 29 appearances spanning 27 innings with the Brewers, Feliz posted a 6.00 ERA with a 21/15 K/BB ratio.

The Royals have had bullpen issues of their own, so Feliz will try to provide some stability given his track record. It’s not clear yet if the Royals want to let Feliz get his feet wet at Triple-A or throw him right into the bullpen mix.

Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base upon return from DL

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.

Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.

In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).