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Nationals, not Braves, get Bruney from Yankees

Dec 7, 2009, 1:05 PM EDT

This morning George King of the New York Post wrote that the Braves were close to getting Brian Bruney from the Yankees, but now his newspaper-mate Joel Sherman reports that the Nationals have swooped in to acquire the 27-year-old reliever for a player to be named later.
Bruney likely would have been a secondary setup man for the Braves, working the sixth and seventh innings in front of free-agent signings Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito, but he’ll probably be pressed into a more prominent role in a Nationals bullpen that was historically awful this season.
Bruney has overpowering stuff at times thanks to a mid-90s fastball, but his lack of control would make him a poor fit in the eighth or ninth innings. He has a 3.65 ERA and 108/78 K/BB ratio in 123.1 innings over the past three seasons, including a 3.92 ERA and 36/23 K/BB ratio in 39 innings for the Yankees this year. He earned $1.25 million this season and will get a raise via arbitration, so the PTBNL figures to be a mid-level prospect.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Dec 7, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Good for the Nats, the Good Bruney happens to show up a little more often than the Bad Bruney. Hell, in the NL he may end up with 15+ saves.

  2. YANKEES1996 - Dec 7, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    We get a mid-level player to be named later from the Nationals, they will have to go out and trade for that player as they don’t have anybody to send to the Yankees. No big deal in losing Bruney though his control was terrible and his strikeout to walk ratio was just as bad.

  3. frug - Dec 7, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    As a Braves fan all I can say is thank you Nationals.

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