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Yankees Deal Brian Bruney For Rule 5 Consideration

The Deal
Holding the No. 1 overall pick in the Rule 5 draft, the Nationals agreed to select a player at the Yankees’ behest in exchange for veteran righthanded reliever Brian Bruney. Washington selected right fielder Jamie Hoffmann from the Dodgers’ Triple-A roster during the Dec. 10 draft and immediately shipped him to New York.

Bruney missed a chunk of the ’09 season with elbow trouble and served only as a mop-up reliever during the playoffs.

 
Yankees Acquire
Jamie Hoffmann, rf
Age: 25. Position: RF (74 G), CF (36 G).
Born: Aug. 20, 1984 in New Ulm, Minn.
Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 235. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: New Ulm (Minn.) HS.
Career Transactions: Signed as nondrafted free agent by Dodgers, Aug. 20, 2003 … Selected by Nationals from Dodgers in Rule 5 major league draft, Dec. 10, 2009.

Club (League) Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Chattanooga (SL) AA .307 29 101 25 31 9 2 2 16 22 18 5 .457 .495
Albuquerque (PCL) AAA .284 68 257 44 73 14 3 8 48 32 37 10 .360 .455
Los Angeles (NL) MAJ .182 14 22 2 4 2 0 1 7 0 5 0 .167 .409
Minors .291 97 358 69 104 23 5 10 64 54 55 15 .390 .466

Hoffmann is a career .285/.357/.407 hitter in 2,428 at-bats since singing as a nondrafted free agent. “He’s a big, physical outfielder with big league experience,” said Yankees pro scouting director Billy Eppler following the Rule 5 draft. “Our scouts saw some good things in him, including good defensive ability and a good arm. He runs well for his size, we’ve got him as a 55 runner at 6-foot-3, 235 (pounds). Kevin Long, our hitting coordinator, looked at him on video and thinks there’s a foundation there hitting-wise.” He has a chance to stick with the Yankees as an extra outfielder.

 
 
Nationals Acquire
Brian Bruney, rhp
Age: 27. Remaining Commitment: 2 arbitration-eligible years remain prior to free agency ($1.25 million in ’09).
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
New York (AL) 2007 3 2 4.68 58 0 0 50 44 28 26 5 37 39 1.62
New York (AL) 2008 3 0 1.83 32 1 1 34 18 7 7 2 16 33 0.99
New York (AL) 2009 5 0 3.92 44 0 0 39 36 17 17 6 23 36 1.51
3-Year Totals 11 2 3.65 134 1 1 123 98 52 50 13 76 108 1.41

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