Nationals Acquire Right-Handed Reliever Brian Bruney from Yankees

The Washington Nationals today acquired right-handed pitcher Brian Bruney from the New York Yankees in exchange for a player to be named. To make room on the roster, the Nationals unconditionally released right-handed pitcher Saul Rivera. Nationals Senior Vice President & General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Bruney joins the Nationals after going 5-0 with 14 holds and a 3.92 ERA in 44 appearances with the World Champion Yankees in 2009. Bruney is 8-0 with 26 holds, one save and a 2.95 ERA in 76 appearances spanning the last two seasons (2008-09) with New York (AL). In those same two seasons, Bruney has surrendered just two blown saves.

The 27 year-old Bruney is 16-10 with 43 holds, 13 saves and a 4.27 ERA in 230 career games (one start) spanning six seasons with the Yankees (2006-09) and Diamondbacks (2004-05).

Bruney has fanned 8.9 batters per 9.0 innings during his six-year big league career.

Originally drafted by Arizona in 2000, Bruney posted a career-best 12 saves in 2005, his final campaign with the Diamondbacks. Bruney has pitched in two post-seasons (2006, 2009) for the Yankees.

Rivera, 31, posted a 6.10 ERA in 30 appearances for Washington in 2009.