McKenry is retiring from pro baseball in order to pursue an opportunity to work on the Middle Tennessee State University baseball team's staff, the Daily News Journal reports. The veteran backstop alluded to the fact that he had multiple offers to continue his playing career, but he said he made a personal decision to leave the game on his own terms. He'll now take over as the MTSU's director of player development. In seven seasons in the big leagues, McKenry hit .238 with 29 home runs in 311 games played.
McKenry was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The veteran backstop had no realistic shot of making the 25-man roster with a plethora of candidates (Luke Maile, Curt Casali and Jesus Sucre) already ahead of him before the Rays added Derek Norris. McKenry had hit just .125 with two doubles and two RBI over 36 spring plate appearances.
McKenry signed a minor league contract with the Rays on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. He's bounced from one organization to another over the past calendar year; from the Rangers to the Cardinals to the Braves to the Brewers and now the Rays. McKenry did have a couple decent seasons earlier in his career and can still take a walk and hit for a little power at nearly 32 years old, but it would probably take a long-term injury behind the plate in Tampa Bay for him to get a look.
McKenry was traded to the Brewers on Monday. The Brewers were seeking catching depth at the minor-league level, and they were able to swing a trade for McKenry, who will be playing for his fourth team this season. McKenry will be assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs, but he has posted a .927 OPS at the Triple-A level this season, so he has a good chance to join the Brewers at some point before the regular season ends.
McKenry signed a minor league deal with the Braves on Saturday, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan in Atlanta reports. McKenry was DFA'd by the Cardinals earlier in the week and elected free agency after passing through waivers unclaimed Friday. The 31-year-old had been hitting well at Triple-A, slashing .301/.424/.569 in 37 games, and he'll now head to the same level within the Braves organization in hopes of working his way back up to the big league club.