Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that 38-year-old reliever Joe Borowski has decided to retire from baseball.
"I guess 38, 87 and 88 wasn’t looking good in people’s eyes," said the former Indians closer, referring to his age and fastball velocity, respectively. Borowski was a free agent this winter, but only drew mild interest from the Tigers and Phillies before talks ultimately flat-lined.
He pitched 12 big league seasons, making stops with Baltimore, Atlanta, the Yankees, Cubs, Tampa Bay, Florida and Cleveland along the way. He finishes with a 4.18 career ERA and 131 saves, leaving him 80th on the all-time list.