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Maldonado added, Bruney released

May 25, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — The Nationals have officially purchased the contract of catcher Carlos Maldonado from Class AAA Syracuse and granted reliever Brian Bruney his unconditional release.

Maldonado becomes the primary backup to catcher Wil Nieves, who takes over regular duties with Ivan Rodriguez on the DL. The 31-year-old journeyman has 21 games of big-league experience; he hit .163 (7-for-43) with the Pirates in 2006-07. At Syracuse, he was batting .218 with four doubles, a homer and nine RBI.

Bruney had been designated for assignment May 17 after posting a 7.64 ERA in 19 relief appearances. After clearing waivers, he had the choice of accepting his outright assignment to Class AAA or becoming a free agent. He did not accept the assignment, so the Nats granted him his release, and he’s now free to sign with any other club.

Acquired in December from the Yankees in exchange for the top pick in the Rule 5 draft, Bruney was awarded $1.5 million in an arbitration hearing in February. The Nationals are responsible for his full salary.

  1. NatinBeantown - May 25, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Forget about Strasburg and Zim and Dunn for a second. One of the things I like about this year's team is the steady, competent roster management by the FO. It's like we have a real ballclub now…

  2. Todd Boss - May 25, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Where's the corresponding move for Maldonado's 40-man addition? It has to be moving Coste to the 60-day DL right?Nice pickup Coste has turned out to be. $650k that we should have just lit on fire in March in stead of signing the guy.

  3. Anonymous - May 25, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Rizzo is doing what he needs to do. After pitching catching was a real weakness if not a sore spot minor league depth wise as well as on the active roster. So, he went out and collected some as he did with the pitching this offseason. The more possibilities have the better you are sometimes? With Flores and Norris hurt last season … now add in Coste. Devin Ivany apparently hasn't impressed enough yet?

  4. natsfan1a - May 25, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Good luck to Bruney. Hope he finds his mojo and catches on somewhere.

  5. Doc - May 26, 2010 at 1:24 AM

    Wad a job! You get fired and still get to keep the $1.5 million! Who says being unemployed is a burden???

  6. Sec$39.99 - May 26, 2010 at 2:10 AM

    Toddboss, I think they were at 39, but if not, Coste would be the move.

  7. Mark Zuckerman - May 26, 2010 at 2:11 AM

    FYI: They were at 39 on the roster before adding Maldonado. Over the last 10 days, they've dropped Bruney and Taveras and added Storen and Maldonado. So they're now back at the full 40-man roster.

  8. Sec$39.99 - May 26, 2010 at 2:12 AM

    And Coste was a bad break, but hey, stuff happens. That's why you keep "inventory" in the system.

  9. Todd Boss - May 26, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    My bad on 39/40; i had double counted Morse and thought we were sitting at 40.

  10. basscl - May 26, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Is Maldonado "Crash Davis" reincarnated?

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