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Blue Jays' Mark DeRosa announces retirement

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Mark DeRosa has decided to call it a career. (USATSI)
Mark DeRosa has decided to call it a career. (USATSI)

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Veteran infielder/utility man Mark DeRosa has decided to retire after parts of 16 seasons in the majors, the Blue Jays announced on Tuesday. The Jays had previously picked up DeRosa's $750,000 option for 2014, but the 38-year-old opted to walk away instead.

DeRosa ends his career with a solid batting line of .268/.340/.412 (95 OPS+) to go with 975 hits and exactly 100 homers. He also spent time at seven different defensive positions.

DeRosa, originally a seventh-round choice out of Penn in 1996, spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Braves and then went on to play for the Rangers, Cubs, Giants, Nationals, Indians, and Cardinals before joining Toronto prior to 2013. His best single season came as a member of the 97-win Cubs in 2008, when DeRosa put up an .857 OPS and tallied 21 homers.

According to Baseball-Reference data, DeRosa made more than $29 million in salary over the course of his major-league career.

This post-career plans didn't take long to come to light, as Wednesday morning MLB Network announced he will join the channel as a studio analyst next season.

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