Bray, Valdez become free agents

Reds reliever Bill Bray and infielder Wilson Valdez refused outright assignments and elected to become free agents. Both were eligible for arbitration this winter.

Bray, 29, was limited to 8 2/3 innings and 14 appearances this season because of groin and back injuries. He wasn’t very effective when he did pitch in 2012 as he had a 5.19 ERA with 14 walks and seven strikeouts. About to be second-year arbitration eligible, he earned $1.4 million in 2012.

The last remaining piece that arrived in a blockbuster trade that sent Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez to the the Nationals in 2006, Bray had a lot of injury filled years in Cincinnati. His best season was a healthy 2011 when he made a career-high 79 appearances and posted a 2.98 ERA.

Acquired from the Phillies last winter, the 34-year-old Valdez batted .208 with 15 RBIs in 77 games as a backup. He played 2B (22 games, 8 starts), SS (33 games, 27 starts), 3B (14 games, 5 starts) and CF (5 games, 4 starts). He made $930,000 in 2012.

8 Comments

I don’t believe their departure will impact the Reds for 2013. When will Cairo be leaving?

Already a free agent

Is Keppinger a possible replacement for Cairo – by which I mean, is he on the market?

Also, would keppinger make sense for the Reds?

so far not missing anyone. I personally think we saw the best that Ludwick has left a multi year deal would prove to be a mistake. If Votto can clip 30 and Bruce 30 we can fill up the rest of the position with speed. We never know too Frazier just might hit 26 dingers playing all year as well.

three was to high

Reds like investing in players no one else wants. Reds need a left fielder. Manny Ramirez hit the first pitch he saw in Dominican league for home run. We could probably pick him up for the league minimum.

mannys got too much baggage! i dont think he meshes on a team like cincy, the fans especially dont like guys like him here, the media hub of manny coming back would be counter productive to what we got. i just hope we dont sign victorino there something i dont like about signing that dude i dunno what it is but i pass!

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