Do you remember back in 2007 when there was this big right handed phenom who could reach triple digits, and be major league ready in a year? His name was Andrew Brackman, a Boras client, and its now looking like Boras sold Cashman a used car at new car prices without the $4500 clunker discount. Brackman was certainly worth a chance, even though Cashman knew he would need surgery as soon as he signed. Well, at least I hope he knew that. Anyways, Cashman signed Brackman to a 4 year $4.55 million major league contract back then. A major league contract? Yes, a major league contract. This means that the Yankees have to carry Brackman on the 40-man roster and he gets to accumulate major league service time without actually throwing any pitches at the major league level. So far, Brackman has about a year of service time under his belt, and hasn't thrown a pitch above Class A. What does this mean? Well, it basically means that he will be a major league free agent much sooner than he should be. Brackman has about half as much service time as Melky Cabrera, who is playing his third season in the majors. That seems wrong, no?
But its not just that. Currently, Brackman is playing for the Charleston RiverDogs and holds a 1-12 record with a 6.52 ERA, and it appears that he's been pitching in relief of late. He did strike out 94 batters in 96.2 innings, but he also walked 76. Now this wouldn't be all that concerning to me if he was just another prospect working out the kinks. But Brackman isn't just another prospect. He was supposed to be big league ready by this year. We probably won't even see him until 2011, and by then he'll have 3 years of major league service under his belt, holding onto a spot on the 40 man roster. What was Cashman thinking? Did he just accept the first deal Boras gave him?