Nats acquire RHP Brian Bruney from Yankees
The winter meetings are but a few hours old and the Nats have already made a move to bolster their bullpen. They acquired right-handed pitcher Brian Bruney from the New York Yankees in exchange for a player to be named. GM Mike Rizzo drafted Bruney in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft when he was with the D-backs.
Bruney joins the Nationals after going 5-0 with 14 holds and a 3.92 ERA in 44 appearances with the World Champion Yankees in 2009. Bruney is 8-0 with 26 holds, one save and a 2.95 ERA in 76 appearances spanning the last two seasons (2008-09) with New York. In those same two seasons, Bruney has surrendered just two blown saves.
The 27 year-old Bruney is 16-10 with 43 holds, 13 saves and a 4.27 ERA in 230 career games (one start) spanning six seasons with the Yankees (2006-09) and Diamondbacks (2004-05).
To make room on the roster, the Nationals unconditionally released right-handed pitcher Saul Rivera.