After failing to land a contract this winter, pitcher Jake Westbrook has announced his retirement from baseball.
Westbrook, 36, spent 13 seasons in the majors and will finish his career with a 105-103 record and a 4.32 ERA.
“The interest that I was getting wasn’t significant enough for me to go through the grind of another year and be away from my family,” Westbrook told Rob Rains. “I was kind of 50-50 on whether I wanted to play anyway. I’m good with the decision.”
Westbrook now plans to spend more time at home with his family.
“It will be a little tough transition for me but I’m looking forward to all of the other things I will get an opportunity to do being home with the kids, helping coach their baseball and basketball teams and whatever sport they want to play,” Westbrook said. “I will be here all the time.”