Former Cardinal Mark DeRosa retires

Former Cardinal Mark DeRosa retires

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 17: Third baseman Mark DeRosa #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws to first base against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Posted on November 13, 2013 at 9:09 AM

(AP) — Blue Jays infielder Mark DeRosa is retiring after a 16-year major league career.

The team announced DeRosa's decision in a statement Tuesday, less than two weeks after Toronto exercised his $750,000 club option for next season.

The 38-year-old utilityman batted .235 in part-time duty last season, his only year with the Blue Jays. He had seven home runs and 36 RBIs in 204 at-bats over 88 games.

DeRosa finishes his career with a .268 average, 100 home runs and 494 RBIs in 1,241 games with Atlanta, Texas, the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland, St. Louis, San Francisco, Washington and Toronto. He appeared in the playoffs six times and hit .358 with a .980 OPS in 22 games.

DeRosa grew up in New Jersey and attended the University of Pennsylvania.

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