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Carlos Maldonado called up, Brian Bruney released

The Nationals made official two expected moves this evening, selecting the contract of catcher Carlos Maldonado from Class AAA Syracuse and unconditionally releasing reliever Brian Bruney.

Maldonado will serve as the Nats backup catcher behind Wil Nieves while Ivan Rodriguez spends time on the 15-day disabled list. Bruney struggled in his brief with the Nationals and refused to accept his minor league assignment when the Nationals designated him. Bruney is a free agent, but the Nationals owe him his $1.5 million salary until another team signs Bruney.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 25, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
 
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Brian Bruney is unfit to carry Ryan Church's purse. Good riddance.

Posted by: wahoo2x | May 25, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

>>Brian Bruney is unfit to carry Ryan Church's purse.

It's a man-bag.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 25, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Refused his assignment? Who is his agent? Bad business decision dude. Earning $1.5 million while playing in the minors is a lot better than earning $1.5 million not playing for getting you major league ready.

Posted by: Section506 | May 25, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

So this answers my question from last week. The Nats will continue to pay Bruney until another team picks him up. But, does the new team assume the $1.5M contract (prorated) or does he agree to new terms? If it's the latter, are the Nats off the hook for his $1.5M?

I was told by another poster that the Nats are responsible for the $1.5M for the rest of the year. However, Kilgore's posts suggests otherwise:
"...but the Nationals owe him his $1.5 million salary until another team signs Bruney."

Posted by: -CN- | May 25, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 25, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

From baseball-reference.com:

"If the player is a major league veteran, he is first placed on irrevocable waivers for a number of days, allowing any team to claim him and assume the remainder of his contract. If he is not a veteran, he becomes a free agent immediately, with the releasing team paying him a portion of the year's contract, depending on the date of release. "

I don't know the details of when and how much, though.

Posted by: Section506 | May 25, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Sec 506, just seeing how much goes back in the back, not that there's a cap or anything...

Posted by: -CN- | May 25, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

>>Brian Bruney is unfit to carry Ryan Church's purse.

>It's a man-bag.

"It's a satchel. Indana Jones carries one."

Posted by: comish4lif | May 25, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

If another team signs Bruney, they'd be on the hook for the prorated portion of the MLB minimum.

If Bruney were to get a deal in excess of $1.5m, the new team would owe the amount over $1.5m.

Posted by: comish4lif | May 25, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to Bruney. Hope he finds his mojo and catches on somewhere.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 25, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

@-CN-:

Commish4life pretty much covered it - The Nationals are on the hook for the full $1.5M, less the pro-rated portion of any salary Bruney receives from a new team, if he's re-signed to a MLB contract during the 2010 season.

Posted by: BinM | May 25, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

The Mets should get him as a set up man for K Rod.

Posted by: flyingtailz23 | May 31, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

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