The Yankees started out their 2009 winter meeting by dealing away relief pitcher Brian Bruney. Bruney will be shipped to the Nationals for a player to be named. I don’t think many people saw this coming. Was this smart? Lets take a look:
- The Yankees avoid bringing Bruney to an arbitration hearing.
- He is injury prone — or at least he was last year.
- He had a 0.87 ERA in his first year with the Yankees.
- He was absolutely dominating last year before he got hurt.
- He had a 1.83 ERA in 2008.
- He has lost a lot of weight and is improving.
- The Yankees just flat out need him right now.
- The Yankees can keep him cheaply.
- They are only getting a player to be named. Doesn’t sound like much to me.
Smart or Smack?:
Smack. I’m not quite sure what the Yankees were thinking here. If there was one thing I wouldn’t have messed around with this year it would be the bullpen. When Bruney was in there and healthy, he was a HUGE part of that bullpen. With a short rotation at this point, the Yankees don’t know if they will need Hughes or Chamberlain to start. Now, they can’t start. Now this bullpen is thin. I understand he gets injured a lot, but right now you can’t mess around with this bullpen. Plus, if you have to trade him, at least get a good player for him. This guy had a 0.87 ERA! This isn’t some slack player, Bruney can make a difference. You better hope this “player to be named” is good, or the Yankees got robbed.