Yanks to offer Bruney a contract

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It’s non-tender day, one of the more exciting days of the post-Winter Meetings off-season. The Yankees have four such decisions to make: Robinson Cano, Chien-Ming Wang, Wilson Betemit, and Brian Bruney. Tendering contracts to the first three is a no-brainer. There has been some debate about the erratic Bruney, though.

According to Mark Feinsand, the Yanks plan to tender Bruney and have him compete for a bullpen spot in Spring Training. Given his up-and-down 2007, Bruney won’t be in for a serious raise, so the only issue in tendering him is finding other places on the 40-man roster for Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, and LaTroy Hawkins.

The Yanks likely won’t be players in the newly-created free agent market, as they’re having a hard enough time finding three spots. So while they’ll go and check out Kris Benson’s throwing session, chances are minuscule that they’ll make a serious offer. Same goes for the non-tendered reliever Matt Wise, and projected non-tender Mark Prior.

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  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Morgan Ensberg would be a damn fine option at first if the Pads non-tender him.

    • steve (different one)


    • NYFan50

      I wholeheartedly agree with this. He really got misused during his time in Houston. I bet he could slide over and do a good job at 1st, too.

      • steve (different one)

        there was an article on NJ.com last July that Cashman wanted to make a deal for Ensberg, but Torre re-buffed him.

        here is the quote:

        “And there are also many in the organization who worry that manager Joe Torre could stand in the way of the improvements they try to make. Torre was opposed to the team’s efforts to acquire outfielder Milton Bradley when the A’s put him on waivers, and he opposed a possible deal for Houston infielder Morgan Ensberg. “

  • steve (different one)

    bruney’s arm is too good to just let him go for nothing. it’s worth the risk, he’s still young and has shown flashes of dominance. he needs to grow up some, i’d imagine.

  • E-ROC

    It’s amazing how many times “talent” (despite antics and known disrespectful behavior) gets another opportunity. The Yanks should just rid themselves of this human waste that is Bruney. Is it possible for the Yanks to tender Bruney then trade him?

    • steve (different one)

      that’s a little harsh, no? “human waste”?

      so we have decided he is an awful person based on what, a report from Pete Abraham that he knocked over a chair when he was told he was being sent to AAA?

      i’m willing to give him a fresh start with a new manager.

      • E-ROC

        I’m just not a real big fan of players who refuses to take advice from coaching staff that’s trying to help him. He even gave Torre attitude after being taken out of a game after giving out free passes. I’m just not a fan of showing up your team in the middle of a game. Then gripe about be demoted to the minors. Maybe I was a little too harsh.

        • steve (different one)

          yeah, i remember that one game in KC where he was extremely petulant.

          i agree he needs to grow up. but i think there are many examples of players who were obnoxious at age 25 and eventually became successful players/teammates.

          • E-ROC

            Fair enough.

          • Walt Schaefer

            Reuben Sierra

  • E-ROC

    What about Mike Lamb for first? Or did he sign a contract already?

  • MS

    Are the Yanks waiting to announce the signing of ARod and others to avoid adding them to the roster. Wouldn’t making a trade 3 for 1 clear spots as well. I wonder if they think a trade is going to happen so they are waiting to make the announcements.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Anyone know WHEN the contract will be announced? Mo, Pettitte, Arod? Seems like they’ve been working on them forever. NY Post reported Arod and Cynthia had a 2 hour meal without speaking a word to each other. Guess the whole thing (life/career) is in a holding pattern.

  • Count Zero

    Just say no to a waste of a roster spot. This guy has proven time and time again that he has absolutely no command of even his fastball. As I posted earlier in the year, it’s just like that scene in Bull Durham when Crash dares Meat to throw a fastball at his chest as hard as he can. Bruney would miss every time.

    I have no use for a ML pitcher who can’t throw a fastball for a strike if his life depends on it. He has been that way since he was with AZ in the minors — if this was going to improve, it already would have happened. This guy will never get command. No, no, no, no, no!

    As you can tell, I’m somewhat ambivalent about this. ;-)

    • ceciguante

      yeah, zero, the lack of command worries me in a pen that exemplified lack of command last year. what worries me more is that the yanks have addressed their major weaknesses this offseason by….signing latroy hawkins. ugh.

      but there is still time…where is our 2007 xmas present acquisition?

  • Bo

    You don’t give up on young guys especially pitchers with talent that you can’t find off the street.

  • eric from morrisania

    Assuming we sign Bruney and don’t sign Vizcaino, we still need to clear three spots on the 40-man. Who should it be? If we whack Pavano for one of the three, and you add the incoming ARod, Mo and Hawkins, then pre-cuts, we’d have 27 pitchers and 15 position players, so the other two cuts are likely going to be pitchers… especially if we end up flipping Matsui for a Jonathan Sanchez package and the ratio becomes 28-14.

    So, here’s our 27 pitchers on ML contracts, in order of least likely to most likely to be cut:

    Andy Pettitte (L)
    Chein Ming Wang
    Joba Chamberlain
    Phil Hughes
    Ian Kennedy
    Mariano Rivera
    Mike Mussina
    LaTroy Hawkins
    Andrew Brackman
    Humberto Sanchez
    Kyle Farnsworth
    Jeffrey Marquez
    Jonathan Albaladejo
    Ross Ohlendorf
    Edwar Ramirez
    Steven White
    Chris Britton
    Scott Patterson
    Kei Igawa (L)
    Jeff Karstens
    Jose Veras
    Chase Wright (L)
    Brian Bruney
    Sean Henn (L)
    T.J. Beam
    Darrell Rasner
    Matt DeSalvo

    … Rasner and DeSalvo are my choices. So, instead of DFA’ing them, why don’t we try to flip them (or T.J. Beam, or Sean Henn, or Jose Veras, etc.) for a lower-level prospect from a starter-starved team? Something like a Brian Bannister for Amborix Burgos deal, only if Burgos was a power arm at Single-A who had control problems or no secondary pitch? I’d rather have a boom-bust GCL player for one or two of these guys rather than just dumping them outright… there’s a lot of Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers who could use a guy like Matt DeSalvo or Darrell Rasner to fill out their weak organizational pitching depth…

  • Steve

    Yanks should try to get Kiko Calero. Four good seasons in the AL followed by one bad one. He was non-tendered today.