Several great players like David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira retired in 2016. The new year is just starting but expect retirement announcements before the start of the 2017 season, as well as at the end of it. Here is SportsRageous’ list of five MLB players who could retire this year featuring Ichiro Suzuki and “Big Sexy” Bartolo Colon.
The Miami Marlins exercised their option to bring back Ichiro Suzuki while also adding another option for the 2018 season. This season might be the last one for the 43-year-old outfielder. He has already accomplished a lot in 16 seasons in the MLB.
Ichiro got his 3,000th hit last season and proved that he is one of the greatest hitters ever. However, his work ethic and durability despite his age could mean that he could play as long as he wants. He might even go after Pete Rose’s 4,256 hits.
“Big Sexy” did the impossible last season when he hit his very first home run at the age of 42 years old. He also had a very impressive season for the Mets last year by posting a record of 15-8 in 33 starts with a 3.43 ERA and 128 strikeouts.
The now-43-year-old Bartolo Colon is a member of the Atlanta Braves. He is still a workhorse who can eat up innings but 2017 might be his last year. So fans better enjoy seeing Bartolo Colon this season because he could probably retire at the end of it.
Another workhorse like Bartolo Colon might retire at the end of the 2017 MLB season, R.A. Dickey. The 42-year-old knuckleballer signed a one-year deal with the Braves this winter. However, he struggled in his final season with the Toronto Blue Jays which might mean it’s time for him to hang up his cleats.
The New York Yankees will free up a lot of money at the end of the 2017 season and some of that is coming from CC Sabathia. The 36-year-old is entering the final season of his deal and he might choose to end his career at the end of the season.
Sabathia has battled knee problems in the past couple of years. Despite being relatively healthy last season, he underwent right knee surgery once again last October 11, per CBS New York.
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The 34-year-old David Wright is the youngest on this list. He still has a massive deal with the New York Mets but it’s his health which might factor in his decision to retire at an early age. He has been battling back problems for a couple of seasons now and he is coming off neck surgery.
Wright underwent spinal stenosis in 2015 and he now needs a five-hour regime just to play in a game, per Amazin’ Avenue. He then missed most of last season after undergoing neck surgery to repair a herniated disc.
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