Bill Bray

Bill Bray’s deal with Nationals has June opt-out clause

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Bill Bray was signed to compete for a spot in the Nationals’ bullpen, but the left-hander has already been reassigned to minor league camp and figures to begin the season at Triple-A.

And he might be there for a while, because James Wagner of the Washington Post dug into the details of Bray’s contract and found that he has an opt-out clause in June. That’s much later than the typical opt-out clause and means the Nationals can get a long look at Bray in the minors before deciding whether he fits into their plans.

Bray was hurt for most of last season and has a long history of injuries, but when healthy he’s been an effective setup man and posted a 3.40 ERA with 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings in 114 appearances between 2010 and 2011.