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Bray could emerge in 2007

According to MLB.com:

LHP Bill Bray, Cincinnati Reds
Sometimes, figuring out which reliever is in line for saves requires a little detective work. Consider the muddled Reds bullpen, a unit that went through three closers in 2006.

The team plans to split save opportunities between aging veterans David Weathers and Mike Stanton, assignments that have more to do with seniority and experience than anything else. But Cincinnati's best bullpen arm is Bray, a power-pitching left-hander who sported a tidy 23/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio for the Reds as a rookie in 2006.

Cincinnati obviously has high regard for the 23-year-old, considering he was the centerpiece of the July deal that sent Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez to Washington. And though Bray received only a few save opportunities after joining the Reds, the team's acquisitions of fellow southpaws Stanton and Rheal Cormier signal the possibility that Bray may be inserted into the closer's role sooner rather than later. Either way, the hole in the back of Cincinnati's bullpen coupled with Bray's above-average command should provide the young left-hander an opportunity.

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