SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) – The Cincinnati Reds have optioned left-handed relief pitcher Bill Bray to Triple-A Louisville, as they continue shaping their bullpen for the season’s opening next week.
Bray, 24, was hindered by injuries last season, when he was 3-3 with a 6.28 earned run average and one save for the Reds.
The club also on Friday assigned infielder Andy Phillips to minor league camp and returned left-handed pitcher Jose Capellan to the Red Sox under the Rule 5 draft.
The moves left the Reds with right-handers Francisco Cordero, David Weathers, Jared Burton and Todd Coffey and lefties Jeremy Affeldt, Mike Stanton and Kent Mercker for relief pitchers.
I’ve heard Bray’s looked really good this spring. I love Mercker as much as the next guy, but do we really think at this point he’s better than Bray?