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.