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Nationals, Bruney require arbitration hearing

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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.