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Yankees sign Bruney

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 30, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There will be no arbitration cases as Brian Bruney agreed to a one-year contract.

UPDATE, 3:39 p.m.: Troy Renck of the Denver Post says Bruney will get $1.25 million. That makes sense given that he asked for $1.55 million and the Yankees offered $1.1 million.

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42 Responses to “Yankees sign Bruney”

  1. carl January 30th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    yes

  2. carl January 30th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Any Idea on what the contract is worth?

  3. Patrick January 30th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Good news, thanks for reporting Pete.

  4. Aaron(the better Aaron)(KEEP NADY AND SWISH) January 30th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks Pete.. Good news, I like Bruney

  5. abcd January 30th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    next year will unveil the BRUNEY RULES…

  6. 2009 Yankees January 30th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Wheww…now I can sleep tonight

  7. Russell NY January 30th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    MLBTraderumors says 1.25 million

  8. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Staying to write the story January 30th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Good news.

    Don’t know if it’s been posted, but Varitek also signed with the Sox.

  9. Russell NY January 30th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    There are still a lot of big free agents on the market… it’s going to be a pretty interesting February.

  10. BD January 30th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Looking at Bruney’s numbers for last year, he really finished strong. Once he had been back from the DL for a couple of weeks, he virtually stopped issuing walks. Looks like he only gave up two BBs during the last month, while continuing to strike out about 1 hitter per inning.

    If he can ever really get the walk rate under control, he’ll be a very valuable piece of the puzzle. He’s not old. He’ll be 27 this year.

  11. Laura - Welcome back, Andy!! January 30th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Supposedly, the Mariners are looking at Abreu. I hope he lands somewhere soon.

  12. Patrick January 30th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Good deal for the Yankees but Bruney is still a question mark IMO. He needs to repeat last year’s performance (minus the injury) to convince me that his previously erratic control has been fixed.

  13. Pauly- Shorten the damn game! January 30th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks for the update Pete…but Joba still needs to stay in the ‘pen.

  14. William Buckner January 30th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I, for one, was relieved when I saw Tek signed with the Sox. No joke, he will be the worst starting catcher in the AL offensively. For all his credit, Theo has given his fans Brad Penny, 42 year old John Smoltz, Mike Lowell’s hip, Rocco Baldelli’s nobody knows what disease, and their highest paid player…JD Drew.

    Way to give back to the fans Theo and Mr. Henry!!!

  15. Pauly- Shorten the damn game! January 30th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I guess if the Mariners land Abreu Ichiro will be back in CF

  16. Josiah from NC January 30th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Great news.
    Bruney was great last year, let’s hope for the same in 09!

  17. Pauly- Shorten the damn game! January 30th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    hahahaha well said Mr. Buckner.

  18. Andrea January 30th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I’ve always liked Bruney. Back in 2007 when all of you hated him because he was…well…not very good, I was pro-Bruney!

    What I mean by that is, yay!

  19. Patrick January 30th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    “Thanks for the update Pete…but Joba still needs to stay in the ‘pen.”

    And you need to stay in a computer-less void where we aren’t subjected to your absurd notions. The middle of Antarctica perhaps?

  20. William Buckner January 30th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Pauly,

    Thanks, just pointing out how many love on Theo and hate on Cashman. I know it comes down to money, but the Yankees did a great job picking targets and getting them this off season. Boston hasn’t helped their team/fans at all (I don’t want to hear about what they’ve done to improve their pen because really, they didn’t).

  21. pat January 30th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Welcome Back Brian :smile:

  22. ALB3 January 30th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    This is good to see.

    I hope that Marte doesn’t turn into Farnsworth. As long as that doesn’t happen, I feel really confident about our bullpen this year.

    ps: we could have paid Marte much less because nobody would have signed him for more than a million or two for one year. He was a type A (i believe) and they would have had to give up a draft pick in a terrible market like this one.

    But I guess that’s irrelevant now.

  23. dave January 30th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Repost:

    Posada in A ball:

    277 389 472 in 339 at bats (he actually stole 11 bases that year and 17 the next)

    Montero in A ball:

    326 376 491 in 525 at bats

    Thought that might be an interesting comparison. At least it is exciting to see that kind of production out of a yankee farm system position player at 18 years old. Posada was 21 in A ball and one should expect more room for improvement from an 18 year old.

  24. dave January 30th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    The only thing that is troubling about bruney is that each season that he has went past 35 innings (two of them) he has just collapsed. I hope that trend does not continue.

  25. S.A.-Brian "The Ninja" Cashman: Showing free agents lots of love January 30th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Good news regarding Bruney.

    OT-But I wonder what the Mets are gonna do about this Citi Field/Citigroup mess. Maybe they should just rename the stadium Shea pt2, Wilpon Stadium or maybe Gansta Field?

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....7549.story

  26. Espresso January 30th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    If the Mariners land Abreu he will DH. Ichiro is staying in right. As has been pointed out on other blogs, the Mariners have put together perhaps the best defensive outfield in the game. They are not going to muck that up with Abreu in right. That said they currently have Endy Chavez for left.

    They signed Mike Sweeney to a minor league deal to give him a look at DH. Don’t have the numbers, but they were a pretty bad OBP team last year with little patience at the plate. Abreu would be a big step in fixing that.

  27. Peter Abraham January 30th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Dave:

    What are you talking about? He tore ligaments in his foot on a wet field in 2008. In 2007 he threw 50 innings in the majors and 6 in the minors. In 2006 he threw a total of 41.2 innings.

    How has he “collapsed?”

  28. Tom January 30th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Pete, I noticed you sponsor Bruney’s Baseball-reference page.

  29. Whatever January 30th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Good arm for the pen. Hope he keeps his head together.

  30. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    dave
    January 30th, 2009 at 4:12 pm
    Repost:

    Posada in A ball:

    277 389 472 in 339 at bats (he actually stole 11 bases that year and 17 the next)

    Montero in A ball:

    326 376 491 in 525 at bats

    Thought that might be an interesting comparison. At least it is exciting to see that kind of production out of a yankee farm system position player at 18 years old. Posada was 21 in A ball and one should expect more room for improvement from an 18 year old.

    ————————————————————

    In A ball, Posada was a skinny second basman, not a catcher. He still hadn’t caught enough games for catching to stop him from running the next year. Not much of a comparison, is it?

  31. Chris from NJ January 30th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I thought Bruney really showed flashes last season, he has great stuff. If he can stay in shape and keep focused, he will be a very big part of our bullpen.

  32. Bronx Jeers January 30th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Money is money but how annoyed does Bruney feel when his team spends 400+ mil and then they fall 75 grand short of meeting him halfway.

  33. pat January 30th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Good article on Pujols’ and his preparation and approach.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....id=3723078

  34. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Bruney is one of the least of the bullpen concerns. He lost about 20 pounds last year and was an entirely different pitcher and, just as important, appears to have matured mentally. He just needs to show the same thing in ST and, he’ll fit in perfectly with Marte in the 8th inning spot, depending on the batters due up. There’s no reason to have a set 8th inning guy.

  35. Pauly- Shorten the damn game! January 30th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    “And you need to stay in a computer-less void where we aren’t subjected to your absurd notions. The middle of Antarctica perhaps?”

    Even without Joba, the Yankees’ rotation is ridiculous. The bullpen, however, is suspect. Marte was on and off last year, Bruney got hurt and had control problems before that, and Mo had surgery during the off season, not to mention the fact that he’s retiring in just two years and the Yankees are going to need to groom someone for the closer’s role eventually. I realize these aren’t new arguments by any stretch of the imagination. They’ve been mirrored by people with far more knowledge and insight into the game than me, or you for that matter.

    Oh, and by the way…there are plenty of computers in Antarctica. All the scientific research being done on climate change isn’t being stored in etch-a-sketch pads.

  36. dave January 30th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    GB,

    Still works as an offensive comparison if you take out the stolen base numbers – it shows that montero could be better with the bat someday than posada has been in his career. I mean a big if but it is interesting to compare the two offensively.

  37. Johnny D. January 30th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    He deserves it. He really impressed me when he came back from his injury this season.

  38. Doreen January 30th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I’m happy Bruney is signed and look forward to another good year from him. I think that the way Girardi managed the bullpen last season went a long way toward boosting the confidence of a lot of the guys out there. Not only do I not see that changing, but I think that it gives them a head start this season knowing that effective management of the bullpen is a priority for this manager.

    So, Varitek is back with the Sox. I didn’t really expect anything else.

  39. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Doreen
    January 30th, 2009 at 4:44 pm
    I’m happy Bruney is signed and look forward to another good year from him. I think that the way Girardi managed the bullpen last season went a long way toward boosting the confidence of a lot of the guys out there. Not only do I not see that changing, but I think that it gives them a head start this season knowing that effective management of the bullpen is a priority for this manager.

    So, Varitek is back with the Sox. I didn’t really expect anything else.

    ————————————————————

    There’s a remarkable similarity between Bruney’s seasons in 2006 and 2008 and Chamberlain’s 2 seasons in relief, regardless of the 5 year age difference. Bruney could easily fill that spot that most of the media and a bunch of fans want Chamberlain to fill.

  40. Doreen January 30th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    GB7 -

    I agrees. I don’t really understand how people are seeing a void in the Yankee bullpen. They really didn’t miss a beat last season when Joba was moved to the rotation. They did have a little blip when KrazyKyle Farnsworth was traded, but they bounced back.

    Anyone who sees a problem with the bullpen wasn’t really watching last year, nor do they have a clue about Melancon (ahem, George King, last night on YES Hot Stove).

  41. Gary January 30th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    The bigger battle seems to lie between Edwar Ramirez, Jose Veras, David Robertson, and Jonathan Albaladejo if he’s healthy.
    I believe Mark Melancon will go north when the team settles on the 25-man roster.
    Alfredo Aceves will be the long relief man.

  42. trisha January 30th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!

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