Short on cash and long on bullpen holes, the White Sox made a move today to shore up at least one of those holes by inking hard-throwing 28 year old righty Brian Bruney to a minor league deal. Bruney, who has never had trouble missing bats split his 2010 between the Mets, Brewers, and Nationals - though he pitched in the minors for the Mets and Brewers. Prior to that, Bruney pitched for the Yankees for four seasons.
With a career 8.81 K/9 and a fastball that works in the mid-90s he's got the kind of put-away, blow-away stuff teams seek out of their middle relievers, but his control has been extremely bad. During his MLB tenure he's walked 6.51 batters per nine innings. Pair that with a poor fly ball rate and it leaves him very susceptible to big innings and he could end up being a particularly poor fit for a small park like US cellular. While Bruney will never have even average command, perhaps the Sox can iron out some of his control issues and turn him into something serviceable.