Humber is retiring, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. Just one day after being reassigned to minor league camp, the 33-year-old Humber has decided to call it quits. He never lived up to his billing as the No. 3 pick in the 2004 draft, posting a 5.31 ERA in 97 career appearances (51 starts). He did have a decent season for the White Sox in 2011, but it was really the only bright spot in his big-league career. Humber hasn't pitched in the major since 2013.
Humber was reassigned to minor league camp Monday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports. Humber had very little chance to make the Padres' 25-man roster after not appearing in the majors since 2013, but this puts the nail in the coffin. He'll act as organizational depth for San Diego going forward.
Humber signed with the Padres on a minor league contract Thursday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Humber, who has not pitched at the minor league level since 2013, spent all of last season with the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization. He'll make an attempt to stick with the Padres system as a 33-year-old right-handed reliever, though he'd be considered a long shot to make the 25-man roster out of spring training.
Athletics reliever Philip Humber doesn't want to be remembered only for the perfect game he threw for the White Sox in April 2012. It is becoming an albatross in his career. "I was going good, thought I could dominate, but it didn't happen," he told the Bay Area News Group. Humber is just hoping to land a spot in the bullpen. He signed a minor league contract after a brutal 2013 season with Houston in which he lost all eight decisions and recorded a fat 7.90 ERA.
The Oakland Athletics took a chance signing pitcher Philip Humber to a minor league contract, Baseball America reports Saturday. The 30-year-old Humber spent the 2013 season with Houston, but was horrendous with an 0-8 record and 7.90 ERA over 54 2/3 innings. That said, he's just two years removed from pitching well as a member of the Chicago White Sox rotation. Humber is expected to at least begin next season with Triple-A Sacramento, though he will get a chance to compete for a roster spot at spring training.
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