Veterans Chone Figgins, Rafael Soriano Annouce Retirement

Two longtime Major League veterans have officially announced their respective retirements.

Infielder/outfielder Chone Figgins, who spent eight of his 12 big league seasons with the Angels, will ink a ceremonial one-day contract with the club on Monday before hanging up his spikes. Right-handed reliever Rafael Soriano, who signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays but had not reported to spring training because of visa issues, opted to retire after an injury-plagued 2015 campaign when he was limited to six games with the Chicago Cubs.

figginsThe 38-year-old Figgins made his Major League debut in 2012 as a late-season call-up with the Angels and appeared in six post-season games as a pinch-runner. The Angels rallied to defeat the Giants in the World Series. The Angels’ all-time leader in stolen bases with 280, Figgins was an American League All-Star in 2009, his last year with the club.

Figgins batted .291 during his Angels tenure, but his career took a nosedive after he inked a four-year, $36 million deal with the Seattle Mariners. He hit .227 in three years with the Mariners, sat out in 2013 and played sparingly in 2014 with the Los Angeles Dodgers (batting .217 in 38 games and 76 plate appearances).

Soriano recorded 207 saves over 14 Major League seasons. In 2010, he earned American League All-Star status and logged 45 saves with a 1.73 ERA. He also produced 42 saves for the Yankees in 2012, and over two years with the Nationals he saved 43 and 32 games respectively.


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Jeff Louderback
A former sports writer for a daily newspaper in Ohio, Jeff Louderback is a professional freelance writer, author and editor who lives in the midst of Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton. He writes baseball features for several publications, including prospect profiles for Baseball America. He served as the founder, editor and columnist for Sox and Pinstripes, a blog that covered the Red Sox and Yankees; and BoSox Banter, a site that covered the Red Sox, the Red Sox farm system and baseball-themed travel. Jeff is also the co-author of the life story of former Major League pitcher Brian Tollberg, whose inspirational story saw him rise from the University of North Florida and the independent Frontier League’s Chillicothe Paints to a climb up the minors in the Brewers and Padres systems before tasting success in the majors with the Padres. The book will be released in 2016.

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