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Bray, Valdez outrighted, opt for free agency

Bray, Valdez outrighted, opt for free agency

Bray, Valdez outrighted, opt for free agency
CINCINNATI -- Reds reliever Bill Bray and infielder Wilson Valdez on Thursday refused outright assignments and elected to become free agents.

Both players were eligible for arbitration this winter and seemed likely candidates to be non-tendered.

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, Bray earned $1.4 million this past season.

The last remaining piece to arrive in a blockbuster trade that sent Felipe Lopez and Austin Kearns to 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 .206 with 15 RBIs in 77 games as a backup. He played 22 games at second base, 33 games at shortstop, 14 games at third base and five games in center field.

Valdez made $930,000 in 2012.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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