Bruney locked up, but will he be the bridge?

The Yankees locked up Brian Bruney today ($1.25 million), as he was their last arbitration-eligible player. Based on last year’s numbers, Bruney would seem like the best option in the 8th. He posted a superb ERA of 1.83 in 34.1 IP. He walked 16 and struck out 33. But, using my new best friend, it appears as though those numbers are likely to regress in 2009. Analyzing his 2008 numbers, we see Bruney’s FIP was actually 3.45 (think of it numerically as an ERA with defense and other factors outside of the pitcher’s control, eliminated). Basically, Bruney’s Mariano-like ERA should Continue reading Bruney locked up, but will he be the bridge?