May 16, 2014, 10:47 AM EST
Veteran infielder Chris Getz was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays and passed through waivers unclaimed, but rather than report to Triple-A he’s decided to retire at age 30.
Here’s what he told Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish:
I’ve enjoyed every minute that I’ve played and will always be passionate about the game. I’m starting a family, and I’m interested in other endeavors both inside and outside of the game.
Getz played parts of seven seasons in the majors for the White Sox, Royals, and Blue Jays, hitting .250 with three homers, 89 steals, and a .616 OPS in 459 games spent mostly at second base. And he earned around $3.5 million for his career, with a high of $1.05 million last season with the Royals before signing a minor-league deal this year.
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