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Setup man Brocail opts for retirement

Jan 28, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

As expected, free agent Doug Brocail has chosen to retire, according to’s Alyson Footer.
Brocail, 42, was injured for much of 2009 and finished with a 4.58 ERA in 17 2/3 innings. He reemerged as a solid setup man during the latter part of the decade despite missing three entire seasons from 2001-03 when he required two Tommy John surgeries. He ended up 52-48 with a 4.00 ERA and nine saves in 42 starts and 584 relief appearances.

  1. Curious George - Jan 28, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Why would he retire? Isn’t it just a matter of time before Ed Wade would offer him a $3M contract?

  2. Ryan - Jan 28, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    It’s because Ed insisted it be a 3 year deal.

  3. good luck doug - Jan 28, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Brocail and Todd Jones were a nice bullpen combo for the Tigers in the late 90s. Didn’t have much supporting cast, but those guys were solid.
    Old Tigers GM Randy Smith loved the blockbuster trade. He acquired Brocail in a two team 9 player deal (when was the last time that happened?) and traded him away in a 6 player deal.
    If he would have pitched this season, his career would have spanned 3 decades.

  4. BC - Jan 29, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    I think he was pitching when I was in high school (I have my 25th Reunion this year).
    Maybe Omar Minaya can sign him to be my Mets’ 3rd starter.

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