The Nationals and right-handed reliever Brian Bruney headed to an arbitration meeting on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
Bruney requested $1.85 million and was offered $1.5 million from the Nats when arbitration figures were exchanged in January. The two sides have been unable to find any sort of common ground in the past several weeks, so the reliever’s 2010 salary will be decided by arbitrators Steven Wolf, Sylvia
Skratek and Dan Brent on Wednesday.
Bruney finished the 2009 season with a 3.92 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 36/22 K/BB ratio in 39 innings (44 appearances) out of the Yankees’ bullpen. He earned just $1.25 million and clearly feels he deserves a hefty raise heading into a season in which he will serve as an eighth-inning setup man for the Nationals. Now we play the waiting game.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.