Former Nats reliever Bill Bray retiring from baseball

Former Nats reliever Bill Bray retiring from baseball
March 17, 2014, 11:15 am
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Former Nationals relief pitcher Bill Bray has officially retired from the game of baseball after six MLB seasons. The 30-year-old native of Virginia Beach recently injured his left shoulder and will now require surgery to repair his labrum.

Bray was a first round pick of the Montreal Expos in 2004 and debuted with the Nats in 2006. He made 19 appearances with Washington before a trade sent him to Cincinnati. Bray was shipped to the Reds along with Royce Clayton, Brendan Harris, Daryl Thompson and Gary Majewski for Austin Kearns, Felipe Lopez and Ryan Wagner.

Bray would spend six seasons with the Reds and finish with a 3.74 career ERA in 258 total games. He left the organization after the 2012 season and signed with the Nats, but never made it above Double-A Harrisburg in 2013. He made only four appearances in his second stint with the Expos/Nationals before leaving once again in November to become a free agent.

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Bray had been seeking a deal this offseason before discovering the injury. The former William and Mary standout could conceivably return to the game some day as he's only 30 and had a decent track record overall. His last full season was actually the best year of his career. In 2011 Bray held a 2.98 ERA and 1.076 WHIP in 79 games for the Reds.