Lefty reliever Bill Bray announces his retirement


Southpaw Bill Bray, a six-year Major League veteran, announced his retirement via Twitter on Sunday evening.

Bray had expressed intent to continue his career in February, but he says he injured his left shoulder again and will need labrum surgery.

Bray retires with a 3.74 ERA in 197 1/3 innings with the Reds and Nationals. We wish him the best of luck post-baseball.

An interesting Bray factoid from @BRefPlayIndex:

Rangers claim Tommy Joseph off waivers from Philly

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The Texas Rangers claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Phillies. Philadelphia designated Joseph for assignment last week to make room for Jake Arrieta.

Joseph hit 22 home runs and knocked in 69 in 142 games last season, but he did not get on base — or hit for power, for that matter — at the clip a first baseman needs to in order to be an asset, posting a line of .240/.289/.432. He had a better 2016, so it’s not that he’s without promise, but the Phillies have obviously decided to head in a different direction.

Joseph doesn’t really have a spot in Texas either with Joey Gallo handling first base and Shin-Soo Choo at DH, but he has an option left and could serve as depth for the Rangers, plying his trade at Round Rock until he’s needed.