Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globereported yesterday that David Eckstein “has decided to retire, even though there were teams willing to bring him into camp.”
That quickly made the rounds, with several other prominent reporters congratulating him on retirement, but Eckstein’s agent says the 37-year-old infielder hasn’t actually retired. Not yet, at least.
“If the right opportunity arises he will play,” agent Ryan Gleichowski told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
Of course, Eckstein didn’t play last season despite reportedly getting at least one big-league offer from the Mariners, and hasn’t cracked a .700 OPS since 2008. In other words, even if he hasn’t decided to call it quits that “right opportunity” is unlikely to present itself.
It’s always a bit deceiving to see offseason workout photos of players who are said to be getting into great shape because guys in those pics are wearing compression shirts and crap and we’re used to seeing them in baseball uniforms. I remember pics of Miguel Cabrera and David Ortiz in the offseason looking svelte, only to see them in uniform come spring as their familiar beefy selves. Uniforms are often loose and billowy and the players wear a couple of layers when they’re suited up, so at least visually speaking it’s better to compare apples to apples.