Yankees Start Trimming the Fat: Brian Bruney Traded to Nationals

Posted: 7th December 2009 by Jordan Schwartz in MLB
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The Yankees, who are reportedly on a quest to reduce payroll this offseason, have traded right-handed reliever Brian Bruney to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later. Bruney, who made $1.25 million this year, was due for salary arbitration and could've made around $2 million after putting up what appeared to be a good season. The 27-year-old's 5-0 record and 3.92 ERA look nice on paper, but Yankees fans know how much Bruney struggled at times this year following his return from injury. On Aug. 1, he had a 6.10 ERA, but manager Joe Girardi kept his confidence in the reliever and from that point forward, he allowed only three runs in 18 1/3 innings (1.47 ERA). Bruney's biggest issue was his control, as he walked 23 batters in just 39 frames. With the righty finishing strong, ...

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