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.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.