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Nationals acquire RHP Bruney from NYY, Release Rivera

Hoping to bolster a bullpen in need of dependable veterans, the Nationals have added right-handed reliever Brian Bruney in a trade with the New York Yankees for a player to be named later.

To make room for Bruney on the roster, the Nationals unconditionally released righty Saul Rivera.

Bruney, who turns 28 in February, appeared in 44 games with New York last season, finishing with a 3.92 ERA and a World Series ring. He began the year as the team's eighth inning specialist, but an elbow injury opened the door for Phil Hughes to take the job.

Depending on what the Nationals do with incumbent closer Mike MacDougal, Bruney could be a candidate for the ninth inning job in Washington. Bruney has 13 career saves in six major league seasons, but 12 of those came in 2005 with Arizona.

By Chico Harlan  |  December 7, 2009; 1:59 PM ET
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From a human being with feelings perspective, I hope Rizzo at least gift wrapped Saul's pinkslip and sent it with an ice-cream cake or something. Happy Birthday Saul.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | December 7, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse


would love some information on the PTBNL happens to me, thanks-

Posted by: S2DU | December 7, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Ouch...Feel sorry for Rivera. Rivera should sue Acta/Bowden for mistreatment given his workload over the past few years.

Posted by: hoo93 | December 7, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I like this acquisition, now resign Villone.

Posted by: markfd | December 7, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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