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.

Nationals will add Mat Latos to the roster on Thursday

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 11:  Mat Latos #38 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 11, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Thursday is September 1, which means rosters expand. As a result, the Nationals plan to promote pitcher Mat Latos to the major league roster, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Latos had an opt-out clause for Monday, but after discussing the matter with the team, he agreed to stay at Triple-A Syracuse until Thursday.

Latos, 28, put up a 4.62 ERA over 11 starts with the White Sox before being released in mid-June. Nearly two weeks later, he signed a minor league contract with the Nationals.

In the Nationals’ minor league system, Latos has made three starts for the club’s Gulf Coast League team as well as three for Syracuse. In aggregate, the right-hander has yielded six runs (four earned) on 20 hits and 10 walks with 28 strikeouts in 28 innings.

Latos will likely pitch out of a long relief role for the Nationals and can be used as starting rotation insurance as well.

John Gibbons texts Mark Buehrle, “You know, rosters expand in September.”

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 2:  Mark Buehrle #56 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the second inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on October 2, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Mark Buehrle hasn’t officially retired, but he hasn’t thrown a pitch in professional baseball since last October. Still, the Blue Jays wouldn’t mind having some insurance, so manager John Gibbons recently texted Buehrle, “You know, rosters expand in September,” Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.

Buehrle’s response? He texted back a picture of a lake. Sounds like he’s not interested in making a return, at least this year.

Last year, at the age of 36, Buehrle went 15-8 with a 3.81 ERA with a 91/33 K/BB ratio in 198 2/3 innings while leading the league with four complete games. He fell 1 1/3 innings shy of a 15th consecutive 200-inning season. There are many worse ways to end a career.