Veteran reliever Nick Masset, who has been pitching with the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate this season, has retired from baseball according to the International League transactions page. (MLBTR has confirmed that he is indeed retiring.)
Masset, 34, is a veteran of eight big league seasons, having spent time with the Reds, White Sox, Rangers, Rockies, Braves and Marlins at the Major League level. He retires with the distinction of having been traded for Ken Griffey Jr. (from the White Sox to the Reds). Masset was a reliable bullpen piece in Cincinnati from 2008-11 following that trade, pitching to a 3.07 ERA in a hitter-friendly setting and averaging 8.5 strikeouts and 3.5 walks per nine innings.
However, shoulder surgery in 2012 derailed his career, and he didn’t get back on a big league mound again until 2014 as a member of the Rockies. Masset’s final season in the Majors was split between the Marlins and Braves, when he posted a combined 4.68 ERA in 25 innings of work. A combination of age and the shoulder surgery had taken some toll on Masset’s arm, as his fastball, which once averaged nearly 95 mph, instead averaged 92 mph in 2015. He recorded a 4.71 ERA in 28 2/3 innings at Triple-A this season, though the vast majority of the damage done against him has come in his past four appearances.
All told, Masset will retire with a 20-16 record, a 4.06 ERA, four saves and per-nine-inning averages of 7.6 strikeouts and 3.9 walks over the life of 403 innings as a Major Leaguer. Baseball Reference lists his career earnings at $9.455MM. MLBTR wishes Masset the best in his post-playing days.