Veteran infielder Mark DeRosa is set to retire this offseason, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos tells Shi Davidi of Sportsnet (via Twitter). Toronto exercised their $750K option on the veteran late last month. Toronto has confirmed the news via press release.
DeRosa, 39 in February, slashed .235/.326/.407 with seven homers in 236 plate appearances last season. Over the course of his 16-year career, DeRosa owns a career .268/.340/.412 batting line with the Braves, Rangers, Cubs, Indians, Cardinals, Giants, Nationals, and Blue Jays. DeRosa has earned more than $29MM over the course of his career, according to Baseball-Reference.
The Passaic, New Jersey native belted his last and 100th home run of his career off the Astros' Dallas Keuchel on July 27th of this past season.