According to Joel Sherman, Brian Bruney has been traded to the Nationals.
UPDATE, 12:59 p.m.: Sherman says it’s for a player to be named later.
UPDATE, 1:06 p.m.: Bruney has a good arm and put up respectable numbers during the regular season, but his spot as the Yankees setup man was lost and Bruney became one of several middle inning relievers on the roster. He made $1.25 million this season and will get more in arbitration.
For now, I’d consider it a move to free a spot on the roster, free a little bit of money from the payroll and possibly get something of value in return. In the 2010 bullpen pecking order, Bruney was certainly going to rank behind David Robertson and might have ranked behind Damaso Marte, Alfredo Aceves and even Mark Melancon. Hard-throwing Romulo Sanchez was just added to the roster, giving the Yankees another right-handed power pitcher. Bruney’s solid out of the bullpen, but the Yankees have several similar — and cheaper and younger — options.
UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: Things died down the past hour or so while a lot of folks grabbed lunch. Speaking of which, if you’re ever eating at the Indianapolis Marriott, there’s a menu option called “The Best Chicken Sandwich.” It should be re-branded as “The Perfectly Acceptable Chicken Sandwich.”
Here’s the official Brian Bruney trade press release from the Yankees. No new details, just a bunch of numbers.
The New York Yankees today traded RHP Brian Bruney to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later. Bruney, 27, was 5-0 with a 3.92 ERA in 44 regular season relief appearances with the Yankees in 2009. He made one 2009 postseason appearance for the club, allowing three hits and two earned runs in 0.1IP in Game 1 of the World Series vs. Philadelphia.
Bruney, who was signed by the Yankees as a free agent on July 1, 2006, played four seasons (2006-09) with the club, going 12-3 with a 3.25 ERA (144.0IP, 112H, 52ER, 91BB, 133K, 14HR) in 153 appearances (one start). In his career, he owns a 16-10 record with a 4.27 ERA (221.1IP, 188H, 105ER, 153BB, 218K, 22HR) in 230 appearances (one start) over parts of six seasons with Arizona (2004-05) and the Yankees.