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.
Not all players coming in to spring training are in The Best Shapes of Their Lives. Some have put on a few pounds, such as Miguel Sano, notes Twins GM Thad Levine:
Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, though the Twins intend to lighten his schedule to prevent any new injuries.
They’d like to lighten something else, too: His “generous carriage,” as General Manager Thad Levine delicately put it last week. Sano’s conditioning understandably lags, after a winter largely spent incapacitated by the surgery.
Sano’s conditioning has often been a topic of conversation among the members of the Minnesota press corps, though not always in good faith. For example, last year when Sano injured his shin by fouling a ball off of it, one member of the The Fourth Estate found a way to make a column out of blaming the freak injury on Sano’s conditioning. At least in this instance his colleague is correctly noting that the poor conditioning is a result of the injury and not the cause.
Still, it’s just another issue facing Sano this spring. He’s out of shape, coming off of an injury, and — not that he’s due any sympathy for it — he’s facing a likely suspension arising out of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him late last year.
So this spring we’ll be seeing more of Sano, it seems. At least until that time we’ll be seeing less of him.