The Washington Nationals have beaten right-hand reliever Brian Bruney in salary arbitration, and in doing so, Bruney will earn $1.5 million as opposed to the $1.85 million he had been seeking. With the win, the Nationals (plus Expos, prior to relocating to DC) are 21 and 10 in the 31 cases they have had ruled on since 1974, a 68% winning percentage.
Bruney went 5-0 with a 3.92 ERA over 33 innings pitched over 44 starts last year with the Yankees last season. He earned $1.25 million last year.
With the Nationals winning their case, the clubs and players are knotted up this year, with each side winning two cases a piece. Cory Hart and Cody Ross have won their cases, while Bruney and B.J. Upton have lost theirs (see the Salary Arbitration Scorecard for complete salary details). The total of four salary arbitration cases surpasses last year's total of three that were conducted. With Bruney's case completed, there are now 5 players left that have not reached settlement contracts or had hearings. Wandy Rodriguez of the Astros is scheduled to have his hearing today.
To date the clubs have won 282 to 209 cases over the players in salary arbitration dating back to 1974, a 57.4 percent advantage.
For more on salary arbitration, see the following:
YAHOO! SPORTS ARTICLES ON SALARY ARBITRATION:
Inside a Tim Lincecum arbitration hearing - 2/10/10
Salary arbitration: Battle of the midpoint – 1/26/10
Evolution of salary arbitration: an ironic tale – 1/19/10
RESOURCES FOR SALARY ARBITRATION
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