Nationals, not Braves, get Bruney from Yankees

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This morning George King of the New York Post wrote that the Braves were close to getting Brian Bruney from the Yankees, but now his newspaper-mate Joel Sherman reports that the Nationals have swooped in to acquire the 27-year-old reliever for a player to be named later.
Bruney likely would have been a secondary setup man for the Braves, working the sixth and seventh innings in front of free-agent signings Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito, but he’ll probably be pressed into a more prominent role in a Nationals bullpen that was historically awful this season.
Bruney has overpowering stuff at times thanks to a mid-90s fastball, but his lack of control would make him a poor fit in the eighth or ninth innings. He has a 3.65 ERA and 108/78 K/BB ratio in 123.1 innings over the past three seasons, including a 3.92 ERA and 36/23 K/BB ratio in 39 innings for the Yankees this year. He earned $1.25 million this season and will get a raise via arbitration, so the PTBNL figures to be a mid-level prospect.

Report: Giants in “serious discussions” with Reds to acquire Billy Hamilton

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Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.

Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.

Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.