Updated: Yankees send Bruney to Washington for Rule 5 pick


Update (5:15 p.m.): The Yankees, according to Mark Feinsand, will receive Washington’s Rule 5 draft pick in exchange for Bruney. The Nationals pick first during Thursday’s draft.

Posted at 12:15 p.m.: Via Joel Sherman, the Yankees have traded reliever Brian Bruney to the Nationals for a player to be named later. There was talk this morning about Bruney possibly being shipped to Atlanta, however those are obviously false.

Bruney was set to earn a decent raise over last year’s $1.25M salary through arbitration, and frankly he was a non-tender candidate. Considering the Yanks are looking to trim payroll, this is about $2M they can better spend elsewhere.

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  1. jsbrendog says:


    cash considerations?

    • Will says:

      With regards to Mike’s tweet about the PTBNL being a Rule 5 pick, I think it oculd even be someone from our team that we are nervous about losing. It wouldn’t be a huge return, but it lets us protect another player (Z.Kroenke/G.Duff/K.Whelan/K.Texeira/Colin Curtis) without having to add him to the 40-man roster. Presumably, Bruney was going to be non-tendered anyway.

  2. Brooklyn Ed - slacking in class now says:

    hopefully its for Nyjer Morgan. =D

  3. The Three Amigos says:

    I always liked Bruney… I know it was few and far between, but when he was on he was really good. I hope we get some decent prospects in return.

    • andrew says:

      I agree, he really showed some flashes of being a very good reliever. Too bad he couldn’t be more consisten. Hopefully they didn’t just give him away and they actually get somebody useful back.

      • jsbrendog says:

        i agree. but even if it isnt someone useful someone not too useful to us is better than nothing and someday going forward might be sueful to someone else

        see: eric fryer ( i think that is his name)

    • Bob Stone says:

      I agree also. Bruney showed signs of real talent upon occasion. You just never knew what you would get from one appearance to the next.

  4. Omg!Zombies! says:

    I’m going to miss his sharks with laser beams fb’s

  5. Nats are obviously going to be flipping Bruney to ATL, who will send Heyward back to them, then Lowe to us, Adam Dunn to ATL, we’ll pay 1/2 of Dunn’s salary, but WAS will pick up 1/2 of Lowe’s salary, and I think we get T-Clip too.

  6. Rose says:

    Good Riddance. I never really cared for this guy. This open up another 40-man roster spot? Who gets added!? (yes, multiple interrobangs!?!?)

  7. Free Mike Vick says:

    Thought they would non tender him….hey atleast now we get something.

  8. Good luck in Washington, Brian.

  9. themgmt says:

    I remember saying they should decline Sergio’s option and dump Bruney and being looked at like I said something crazy.

  10. vin says:

    Seems like a good move by Cashman… frees up a space on the 40 man roster (most likely).

  11. A.D. says:

    Going to the Nats makes some more sense than the Braves.

    ….open 40 man spot.

  12. jsbrendog says:

    im surprised it wasnt one of those 2 or 3 for one deals that cash was talking about to clear up some of the guys ho could be lost/taken/cut

  13. The PTBNL won’t be official until June, but more sources have told me……Stephen Strasburg Brandon King.

    • JMK aka The Overshare says:

      Something tells me you’re still making a funny. King may have been drafted in the 27th round, but his signing bonus ($250k) tells me he’s a guy with good upside.

      So…yeah, you probably made a funny. Carry on.

      • Mike bk says:

        maybe. King would be a nice piece, not that we really need more arms. i would rather take a flyer on destin hood or michael burgess as outfielders who were rated high going into last year, had down years and might be sold low, though not as low as bruney in all probability.

        • JMK aka The Overshare says:

          You can never have enough arms. Michael Burgess would be nice, though I doubt they’d give up on him so quickly, besides, he hit 19 home runs in 2009, and has decent speed. Ditto for Hood, though his power numbers aren’t as impressive.

          It would be crazy for the Nats to give up a real prospect for Bruney.

  14. pat says:

    Hahaha, sucks for you Brian.

    • rbizzler says:

      It couldn’t be worse for him baseball-wise, but what can you expect for a guy who was traveling with his own hyperbaric chamber for his elbow last year.

      DC is a decent enough place to live and they have a shiny new park.

  15. YankCrank says:

    This isn’t terrible for Bruney. Of course going Yanks to Nats sucks, but he has a chance to be their closer and he can really increase his value…if successful.

    We’ll see.

    • Mike bk says:

      no he doesnt…storen will get that job.

      • rbizzler says:

        Storen closing right out of ST, though?

        By all accounts, he is polished, but that may be pushing it a little even by the Nats standards. It would behoove them to let Macdougal/Bruney close while Storen gets his feet wet in middle relief.

  16. Dela G says:

    sucks to be him, but good luck in the future

    • DonnieBaseballHallofFame says:

      I would trade jobs with him. Now he and K-Rod are in the same division. I know that got squashed but it would be cool to see them throw hands :)

  17. Tseng says:

    Ouch. Washington. The franchise of champions…

  18. Steve H says:

    Best way to describe the Brian Bruney era.

    Go to google and search Brian Bruney in the images section. The 4th photo for Bruney is a guy sticking a machete in his own leg.

  19. Jordan says:

    An example of what happens when you drench the owner of the club in champagne and you’re not a reason why the team did well.

  20. matt s says:

    I hope they don’t make him their closer, I have Storen as a keeper in my fantasy league.

    • JMK aka The Overshare says:

      I’d still think you’re safe. Storen is a better bet than Bruney, even with Bruney’s edge in experience.

  21. Chip says:

    Seeing how this frees up a 40-man spot and we’ll soon see a few more opening with Wang/Mitre/ect, do we think they might take somebody in the Rule V?

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

      I don’t think so. The attractive guys will be gone when the Yankees pick and those available would probably not be good enough to stay on the active roster the entire season.

    • DP says:

      I can’t imagine another team not protecting a player that the Yankees could keep on their active roster all year–the Yankees struggle to find spots for their own minor leaguers most of the team, and a team like this is hardly gonna take a flier on someone like that.

    • Joey H says:

      I’d keep Mitre for the depth. He’s essentially just removed from TJS and it certainly can’t hurt to have a guy to mop up some starts just like he managed to do. Heh, to think, he got a ring out of it too.

  22. Mike HC says:

    I like it. No need to give Bruney 2 million if the Yanks are serious about cutting payroll.

    With the way this team is setting up for the next five years or so, you are either being paid to be an all star, or you are being paid the minimum/minor league guy under team control. Take a page out of the Boston Celtics playbook. Pay your superstars to carry the team, and surround them with shrewd drafting (Rondo, Perkins) and older veterans for the minimum. No middle of the road guys.

  23. Joey H says:

    For Adam Dunn! Make it happen!11!!!11!! Not a bad move for the bombers, trim unnecessary payroll. Middle relievers are a lot like kickers in the NFL. They come and go. Sure he has a good arm but his inability to stay healthy certainly hurt him last year. Considering they got him for what, Nothing? He was a nice help but the Bruney era is over.

  24. Joey H says:

    Also, does this signify the end of CMW? Since they are cutting unnecessary expenses maybe they won’t be so willing to take a gamble on the former ace for say 4 mill or so. Things are starting to get interesting!

  25. Steve H says:

    Now pitching for the Washingtn Natinals, RHP Brin Bruny

  26. I’m waiting for all the inevitable reports that this opens a bullpen spot up for Chamberlain.

    • Steve H says:

      He is a bulldog afterall. The best (worst) argument about that whole bulldog mentality nonsense is this. Joba, when in the pen, shared the pen with only the GREATEST reliever of all time, and their mound presence/personalities could not be more different. Also see Phil Hughes 2009, where was his fist pumping, linebacker mentality?

  27. theyankeewarrior says:

    Speculation on who the Yanks got for the Bruney?

  28. Jordan says:

    PTBNL for teH eiGHtH!!!1!!1!

  29. Rose says:

    So the question is…who the hell is in our bullpen now??

    Hughes and Bruney are gone…

    Who is taking their place?

    • If I had to make the bullpen right now:


      • Rose says:

        Not too too bad…much worse than last year…but we can hope it holds up.

        • Joey H says:

          Ok lets make sure we understand that Hughes and Joba haven;t gone ANYWHERE. Sure they are rotation candidates but a lot can change between now and then. Now having cleared that up, do you think the bullpen is that much worse without a sometimes effective sometimes not Brian Bruney?

          • Rose says:


            Because they can still be considered in the bullpen means that it’s not a dropoff? As of right now they’re starters…and NOT in the bullpen. Therefore, my judgment of the bullpen does not contain them and is fairly accurate.

            Just because I think it’s much worse…doesn’t mean that the bullpen is awful overall. I just think having a stellar Phil Hughes in the #8 spot was extremely valuable. Do I want him to stay there? No. But it still takes away value from the pen either way.

            • Joey H says:

              Ok so explain to me what happens if they sign Pettitte, acquire Halladay or sign Lackey? CC/AJ/Pettitte/(Lackey/Halladay)/Hughes or Joba. That still leaves a spot open. This is why I said a lot can change between now and then.

              • andrew says:

                Right, but that hasn’t happened yet, and the odds are against those things happening. So it’s best to focus on what we can right now.

                • Joey H says:

                  You seriously think that they are going into 2010 with Hughes and Joba in the rotation? The last time they did that they didn’t crack 90 wins. Granted, yes they have more experience and more depth at the top of the rotation (Not Moose and Pettitte) but I just can’t see that happening. Not yet at least.

                • Joey H says:

                  Last time they did that- Two young starters. Not Joba/Hughes, just to clarify.

                • Drew says:

                  The time is now Joey. I expect them to pitch well in ST and earn their slots as the 4/5th starter.

        • jsbrendog says:

          how is it much worse than last yr? you replace hughes with gaudin. ok, drop off, yes. melancon is better than bruney. other than that it is the same. better actually because maret didnt pitch until aug/sept.

          • Rose says:

            Hughes is MUCH better than Gaudin. HUGE drop off. And Melancon MAY be better than Bruney…it’s not really all that set in stone yet.

            It’s a drop off from last year…easily.

            • You’re discounting a two things as well, Rose:

              –Improvement from David Robertson
              –A full, healthy year from Damaso Marte

              • Rose says:

                OK. You’re right. But we were kind of saying the same things about Bruney as we are currently about Robertson…I’d like to see a larger sample size.

                • That’s fair enough, but we also haven’t seen Robertson be ineffective for big stretches of time like Bruney (’04, ’05, ’07, the end of ’09).

                • Rose says:

                  Fair enough. I was also comparing this years potential Spring Training bullpen to last years Sept/Oct bullpen…which wasn’t really fair either I guess. We’ll just have to wait and see.

        • Steve H says:

          We really don’t know what it will be relative to last year though, that’s the nature of relievers. Obviously no Hughes will hurt, but I would expect much better seasons from Melancon and Marte, a full year of Gaudin will help, and if Coke can cut down on his HR he can be strong.

          • Mike HC says:

            I would also expect a drop off from Aceves. I highly doubt a repeat of last year. He can still be effective, but I am one fan who does not expect the same production from him next year.

            • Steve H says:

              I don’t see a dropoff, I think he really struggled at the end of the year when he was bounced around. Get him on a regular schedule and I think he’ll be strong. As a middle reliever, the dude throws strikes, which is 85% of the battle for most of those guys (see Bruney). I’d like to see Ace, not necessarily with a certain role, but with more consistent appearances and time off between. He’s now up to 114 MLB innings with 134 ERA+. Not a tiny sample size, and he’s still pretty young.

              • Mike HC says:

                I expect the league to adjust after seeing his entire arsenal this year, and am expecting a drop off.

                But, obviously, I could be and hope that I am wrong. Maybe a junk balling right hand pitcher without a really dominant pitch can succeed long term. Time will tell.

        • How is that much worse than last year? Bruney’s gone, sure, but he was shaky and adding Hughes to the rotation strengthens the rotations, which in turn strengthens the bullpen.

          Also, having Ace and Gaudin in the bullpen gives Girardi two options to go multiple innings, which is very valuable. Throw Kennedy into the mix as a BP candidate and that’s three guys who can go multiple innings. The Yankees pitching staff is going to be quite good in 2010.

        • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

          It’s actually much better then out of ST in 2009. I’ll probably get banned for mentioning their names, but do you remember what guys like Edwar, Veras and Albaladejo did last season?

      • Throw Ivan Nova in the mix too.

      • Mr.Jigginz says:

        I do remember somebody in the Yankee organization(Cashman,or Girardi maybe?)saying that they think Gaudin could really fill a bullpen role similar to Jeff Nelson in the dynasty years.Seeing Gaudin’s slider/fastball combo last season makes me tend to agree with the assessment.

        • Yeah, he’s a good option to go one or multiple innings, and his ability to miss bats makes him a favorable guy out of the ‘pen.

        • jsbrendog says:

          against righties yes. he doesnt seem to be able to foool or get out lefties. but a gaudin who can strikeout a batter+ an inning and rightites hit 200 off of and a healthy marte makes me happy

  30. Guest says:

    From the penthouse to the outhouse. Seriously, how different is the 2010 Nation’ls clubhouse from the 2009 Yankees clubhouse?

    But 2M is 2M, whether it is coming from the Yankeees or the Nationals.

  31. Joey H says:

    Quick question, when a Type A free agent stays on the market (Ben Sheet) all year and is still a free agent the next off season, do they retain their type A status?

  32. Alex K. says:

    I have a hunch that the “Player to be Named” is Stephen Strasburg.

  33. Joey H says:

    I asked a fellow commenter before. Do you think the Yankees will actually take a basement bargain on a guy like Sheets? My gut says no but if there’s a free agent that fits their need you know they’ll be in on it.

    • Evil Empire says:

      I’m really not sure, personally. I hope they do. But at the same time, I do want Chamberlain and Hughes to be starters, so the Yankees are already set in the rotation, in theory, pending the high probability chance of Andy Pettitte coming back.

      If they signed Sheets or Harden, they could do a whacky, pseudo 6-man rotation with Phil Hughes switching back and forth between the bullpen and starting rotation. With Old Man Pettitte, AJ Burnett’s injury history, a recovery project like Sheets/Harden, and the possibility of Joba going through an extended period of suck, Hughes would have plenty of chances to start and accumulate 150 major league innings.

      But that’s a funky configuration that is probably only plausible on paper.

      • Joey H says:

        Elaborate on this pseudo 6 man thing with Hughes in the rotation.. Ten days between starts and relief appearances between them? In-game throw days?

        • Evil Empire says:

          Hah, something like that. Honestly I have no clue, that’s why I said it was only probably plausible on paper. Simply in theory, there would are about 150 IP available for Hughes as a starter, even if you had Harden/Sheets (and Joba and Andy) in the rotation.

    • Drew says:

      Maybe. I have to figure though that most reclamation projects would not only like to pitch in the NL, but would also like to have a spot in the rotation all but locked up. A guy coming back from injuries, having to fight for a spot with Jober and Hughes in ST isn’t going to be an easy task.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      It really all depends on whether Pettitte retires.

  34. OldYanksFan says:

    How about Hughes in the SR to start the year, and when he hits 140 IP, he finishes the year in the BP for about 30 IP?

    • Joey H says:

      Thats still a 50 inning jump starting is it not? I think he was at 90 this year.

      • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

        He pitched 146 in 2006, so he should be up to it. I guess his IP will be higher then that in 2010.

      • Drew says:

        Usually you worry about previous career high totals. Which for Hughesie is somewhere around 140 I think.

        • Joey H says:

          I wasn’t aware of that. Not what you’re saying is that even though his 86IP in the bigs 19IP in the minors added up to be around 105 doesn’t some what negate his previous 140? I just thought it may be a bit counter productive.

        • Ed says:

          Usually you worry about previous career high totals. Which for Hughesie is somewhere around 140 I think.

          Yes, but that’s because players usually only have a 1 year blip in their innings progression. Hughes is in a rare position – his high was in ’06, and even when healthy, he hasn’t come close to that workload in the 3 full seasons since.

          Pushing Joba based on his college workloads didn’t work out so hot this year. He started losing effectiveness once he got past his previous professional peak, and had practically nothing left at the end of the regular season.

    • Evil Empire says:

      If everything else goes right and Hughes is the #5 starting pitcher for the whole year, he’ll only throw 150-160 innings anyway.

  35. OldYanksFan says:

    I believe the Yanks are looking at 160-170 IP for Phil.

  36. Jeremy says:

    Why would the Nationals want to take on that kind of risk at Bruney’s price tag? Strange move.

  37. Carl says:

    about the dropoff in the pen…
    everyone is saying that Hughes and Joba are out of the pen. But if they pick up a starter, one of them will have to move into the pen–at least until someone gets injured. So the dropoff really wont be that big.

    • Joey H says:

      But remember, the first move for Hughes last year when he hit his inning’s cap was to send him to AAA. He refused and it was later in the year so they just said the hell with it and kept him in the bullpen.

      • Carl says:

        Hughes didn’t refuse it–he can’t do that. It was that he was pitching too well at a time when the only other dependable bullpen guy was Mo.

        Joba and Hughes won’t spend any more time in the minors, except for an injury rehab–they have nothing else to learn there. They need to face MLB hitters.

        Plus, their cap this year will be close to 190 innings, which can easily be controlled skipping a few starts here and there.

        • Chip says:

          If we signed Sheets or Harden, I’d have no problem with the loser being sent to AAA. I just hope that they spend this entire offseason getting their command and control back.

        • Joey H says:

          I agree. I got a little over my head. But that was the original plan because they didn’t know if he’d be comfortable relieving if I remember correctly. As fa as 190 innings for Hughes that’s a 85 inning jump from his ’09 and a 50 inning jump from what his career high was 3 years ago. Not going to happen for Hughesie.

          • Carl says:

            Hughes is going into his 6th professional season. Sooner or later you have to take the limits off. (made real minor debut in 2005)

      • Chip says:

        If they wanted to send him to AAA, there’s nothing Hughes could have done about it

        • Carl says:

          quick point before i get back to my research paper due in 3 hours.

          The Yankees have lots of young pitching that they can conceivably trade over the next year. Lets just see for argument’s sake, the 2011 rotation (after a Pettitte retirement) is Sabathia, Burnett, Hughes, Joba, and 5th starter from list of Mccallister/nova/kennedy/FA signing. I don’t even know if the Yanks would want another young starter as their fifth, in addition to Hughes and Joba, which leaves all these guys as trade bait. Nothing is more valuable than young, under team control pitching nowadays, and the Yankees could be able to make trades to fix the holes in the outfield.

          • Mike HC says:

            Yes, but they may be very useful in bullpen roles. If the Yanks continue their strategy of building the bullpen from within, rather than signing big name relievers or guys coming off good years, those young arms could be integral. Similar to what Joba and Hughes has contributed to the pen for the past couple of years.

            I definitely agree that they can be traded, but their only utility would not be the 5th starter. It could very well be closing (depending on Mo retirement)

  38. Kevin G. says:

    Damn, I got an autograph and photo with Bruney a couple years ago. That sucks.

  39. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Via Mike Axisa’s twitter: “PTBNL for Bruney is someone eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. Nats pick 1st, and the Yanks want to make sure they get their guy.”

    List of guys from Nationals eligible for Rule V Draft:

    Maybe Sean Rooney (23 y.o. catcher hit well until double AA) would be a decent pick up, or Ruben De La Rosa (22 y.o. had crazy-good professional debut, even though he was way old for the league), Jose Pinales (big k-rate, but no control). Just throwing shit out there.

    I know very, very little about the Nats farm system.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      No, I mean some player eligible for the R5D, not necessarily from the Nats. As in, the Nats draft whatever player it is, then send him to the Yanks as the PTBNL.

      The Reds did this with Josh Hamilton. They made a predraft deal with the Cubs because they were afraid the Marlins would grab him before they got the chance. So the Cubs selected Hamilton, then traded him to Cincy for $100,000.

      • JMK aka The Overshare says:

        Ohhhhhhhhh, I gotcha, man. Thanks for clearing that up. Interesting theory. (Sorry I misquoted you. I replied below this to clear it up.)

        Just for shits and giggles, who from the Rule V would you be psyched to see them get?

        • Mike Axisa says:

          I have no idea, my R5D knowledge is lacking this year. I wonder if it’s an older guy whose been in the bigs before. Some like Josh Phelps was in 2007.

          • JMK aka The Overshare says:

            A few interesting names for you, if you’re thinking about doing a post on it later (or just curious):

            LHP Chuck Lofgren (Indians)
            RHP Aneury Rodriguez (Rays)
            RHP Neil Wagner (Indians)
            RHP Jon Link (White Sox)

            Lofgren would be my top pick, since it’s unlikely the other three would be able to stick on the 25-man. Lofgren is a starter, has really good stuff, is still young, and most importantly, a lefty. Potential LOOGY kind of guy or better.

            Besides, Girardi loves his matchups.

            • JMK aka The Overshare says:

              Link is on the 40-man in Chicago. Scratch him.

            • Ed says:

              Potential LOOGY kind of guy or better.

              Why go for a LOOGY? The 40 man already has Marte, Coke, Dunn, and maybe more I’m forgetting. And they decided not to protect Kroenke, who was a solid lefty in AAA this year.

              • JMK aka The Overshare says:

                I’m just throwing ideas out. Lofgren could be a swingman-type pitcher, one of the few guys in Rule V that has the talent and upside to stay on a good 25-man roster. At worst, you have a situational guy. Being a lefty is just gravy.

                Pitchers are far more likely to stay on the 25-man than hitters. While they Yankees may have lefties, Marte is likely to be in a 7th inning or set-up role, not situational. Coke is homer-prone and doesn’t offer flexibility. Dunn is fucking wild and can stay in AAA; Lofgren can give you innings and has good stuff and probably better control.

                He’s unprotected for a reason; he’s not Nolan Ryan. But he’s probably better than Kroenke, Dunn and Coke, and offers flexibility.

            • JMK aka The Overshare says:

              It’s much easier for a pitcher to stick on a 25-man roster than it is a position player, so I’d think a reliever or starter that can be a swingman would fit the Yankees’ needs best. But anyway, to fill it out more, here are some younger guys to look out for:

              Chuck Lofgren, LHP, CLE (Lofgren would be my top pick, since it’s unlikely the other three would be able to stick on the 25-man. Lofgren is a starter, has really good stuff, is still young, and most importantly, a lefty. Potential LOOGY kind of guy or better.)

              Aneury Rodriguez, RHP, TB (has potential to be a good starter, three possible league-average or better pitches, excellent fastball command, young, would have very good stuff in bullpen)

              Neil Wagner, RHP, CLE (explosive fastball, okay control, no viable second pitch)

              Ryan Mount, 2B, LAA (has good pop, decent fielder but wrought with injury problems, though that actually may help in a Rule V draft).

              Blake Davis, SS, BAL (suffered injuries in 2009, but hit very well in 2007, 2008 and is a versatile fielder)

              John Shelby, CF, CWS (Did well in Hi-A, then struggled in a pitcher-friendly AA. Very good power-speed combination in CF, but must improve on-base skills. Has played 2B, SS and corner outfield spots)

              Rene Tosoni, OF, MIN (on here due to the depth in Minnesota’s outfield. Decent power, can play all three positions capably)

              Arquimedes Caminero, RHP, FLA (lightning arm, but way too inexperience. Unlikely he could possibly stay on the 25-man)

              Graham Taylor, LHP, FLA (lefy with good movement on high 80s fastball, two good secondary offerings and pitches well against both sides of the plate)

      • Marcus says:

        According to Feinsand, a source has confirmed that they are going to exchange Bruney for the first pick in the Rule 5 draft:

    • JMK aka The Overshare says:

      I meant to say “Crazy theory: PTBNL for Bruney…” when I quoted Mike’s twitter.


  40. Grover says:

    Great to get a return as opposed to the nontender. Good luck Brian.

  41. crapula says:

    I’m going to miss his non-patchy hats and everyone asking, every game, why he had a different cap.

  42. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    I’m actually excited to see who we pick up in Rule V (if we don’t use the pick to retain one of our own unprotected players). It’s not everyday that a team like the Yankees participate in the Rule V draft.

  43. Joey H says:

    Any idea who they can net in this draft?

  44. A.D. says:

    Very interesting, they obviously have their eye on someone in the rule V.

  45. Drew says:

    Hmm. That’s kind of awesome. How do I find a list of players eligible for the Rule V?

  46. vin says:

    Cashman must feel pretty confident they can get a guy who can actually stick on the 25 man roster – otherwise dealing him for a minor leaguer (non 40 man) would’ve been the safer move.

  47. steve s says:

    That is as clever a move as I can remember (even if the Yanks end up picking someone who doesn’t pan out).

  48. Evil Empire says:

    ALL RIGHT. #1 pick in the rule 5!!!!

    I know its not like we’re get the first pick in the amateur draft or anything but this is still AMAZING for Brian Bruney, right?

  49. pat says:

    Fucking cash is the fucking man.

  50. Steve H says:

    This is how the Reds ended up with Josh Hamilton, trading for a rule 5 pick. Any crackheads who haven’t played in 4 years in the draft? Just sayin….

  51. Charlie says:

    atta boy cashman

  52. Mac says:;c_id=mlb

    There is a link that explains this years Rule 5 a little.

    Zach Kroenke had a great year in AAA this year with a 1.99 ERA for the Yanks. So maybe this gives him that shot this year.

  53. ewbolla says:

    Is it likely that the yanks won’t be able to carry a guy on the 25 man all year because guys on the 40 man for the yanks are better that most eligible rule 5 players and Cash has another deal going on which he can flip this?

  54. Cash Money Trillionaire should make everyone eligible for the draft, write an essay explaining how they want to be a Yankee. Best essay gets picked.

    Scratch that, it’s a horrible idea.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

      ok, while i’m still at work and have a headache cause i’m low on beer, i can still recognize the greatness in this comment.

      bad news, tho, is combining my previous comment about the AAAA pirates and your comment on essays, we end up with:

      Russ :)

    • DonnieBaseballHallofFame says:

      I like the idea and your CMB reference. I think BG has an album that drops tomorrow.

  55. Mike bk says:

    Aneury Rodriguez, RHP, TB?

    • Cornering the Arod market. I like it.

      1.) ARod
      2.) Arodys
      3.) AnRod
      4.) Aroldis

      • Johan Iz My Brohan says:


      • Mike bk says:

        “Aneury Rodriguez, RHP, TB

        Rodriguez might be one of the top options in the 2009 Rule 5 draft. He was the number 16 prospect in the Colorado Rockies farm system before being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for starting pitcher Jason Hammel. Rodriguez was coming off of a strong season in high-A in which he posted a 3.74 ERA, with an 8.0 K/9 and a 2.3 BB/9 in 156.1 innings pitched. In 2009 he made his AA debut, with a 4.50 ERA in 142 innings, plus a 7.0 K/9 and a 3.7 BB/9.

        Rodriguez has a 91-92 MPH fastball with late movement, and a curveball that serves as an out pitch. He is 6′ 3″, 180 pounds, and turns 22 next week. He still has a little bit of room to grow, and still fits that “projectable” label, despite being at the AA level. Rodriguez also has a strong changeup, leading to a .192 BAA versus left handers in 2009.”

        buccosfan write up.

  56. Charlie says:

    From ESPN rumor central:
    “Via the Hot Stove, ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney says the Detroit Tigers asked for right-hander Phil Hughes and outfield prospect Austin Jackson in return for centerfielder Curtis Granderson.”

    No. Not even a lil’ bit.

  57. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    I’ve already made a list of some guys to think about here. A few more names to think about:

    Chad Tracy (yes, that Chad Tracy. Your mind, it is blown)

    Michael McBryde, CF, SF (talented 24 y.o put up .295/.333/.410 line splitting time between AA and AAA, with 22 steals in 34 attempts with plus defense in CF)

  58. Salty Buggah says:

    I dont know why but I’m all excited thanks to this trade. Maybe its the 1st pick in the Rule 5 draft thing

    • Reggie C. says:

      ‘Cause we all know Chad Tracy (imminent Rule V #1 pick) is the missing 3rd player to the IPK + Melky trade for Justin Upton!

  59. ColoYank says:

    Correct me if necessary: according to Rule V, the drafted player must spend the entirre subsequent season on the roster of the drafting team ONE LEVEL ABOVE where he resided on the original team. So if a player is on the AAA roster, they must stay on the MLB roster the subsequent season, and AAA if the original team had him at AA. That’s why there’s a AAA portion of the draft. Right?

  60. king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

    wonder if we can still get washburn for Ajax and use him to fill Bruney’s spot? :P

  61. ultimate913 says:

    I have a question. Do the Nationals pick who the Yankees want in the draft? Or do the Nats pick anyone and the Yanks are forced to take that pick?

    • steve (different one) says:

      they will pick who the yankees tell them to.

      i wouldn’t be surprised if the yankees have already given them the name.

  62. T-Dubs says:

    Johan Santana, Dan Uggla, Josh Hamilton, Joakim Soria, Shane Victorino, BOBBY BONILLA, and (according to the infallible wikipedia) Roberto Clemente (wha???) were all Rule 5 draft picks. Just saying.

  63. Meat Loaf says:

    Cashman managed to put another dumb little smirk on my face. I like it.

  64. [...] I didn’t think I’d be writing about when I woke up yesterday morning. When the Yankees traded enigmatic reliever Brian Bruney to the Nationals, they received one of those generic players to be named later, and no [...]

  65. [...] Sent back to Triple-A in early June, Hoffmann hit .288-.363-.455 the rest of the way. He was designated for assignment on Sept. 1st to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly acquired Jon Garland. Hoffmann was left off the 40-man roster during the offseason, and the Yankees arranged for the Nationals to select him with the first overall pick of the 2009 Rule 5 Draft and send him to the Bronx per the terms of the Brian Bruney trade. [...]

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