Last year Mark Mulder’s comeback attempt with the Angels ended when he tore his left Achilles’ tendon during spring training.
After sitting out the entire season Mulder talked about possibly trying another comeback this year, but today the two-time All-Star told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that he’s staying retired: “I just couldn’t get where I needed to be.”
Mulder is 37 years old and was last healthy and effective way back in 2005, so a comeback would have been a huge longshot.
He had 97 wins, a Cy Young runner-up finish, and 1,208 career innings through age 27, but logged a grand total of 106 innings with a 7.73 ERA after that.
Mark Mulder saw his comeback attempt come to an abrupt end last February when he ruptured his left Achilles tendon while doing agility drills prior to a bullpen session in Angels camp. The veteran southpaw is now fully recovered now and ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that he’s still thinking about giving his comeback another try:
We also saw Johan Santana go down with an Achilles injury last year. It would be nice to see both pitchers go out on their own terms rather than have physical issues get in the way. Here’s hoping they each get a chance to do that.
Mulder, now 37, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2008 and was forced into an early retirement due to shoulder issues. A two-time All-Star, he owns a 4.03 ERA with 103 wins over 203 starts and two relief appearances in the majors. He finished second in the AL Cy Young Award balloting in 2001 after going 21-8 with a 3.45 ERA with the Athletics.
One-time top prospect Daric Barton has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays.
Barton was acquired from the Cardinals in the Mark Mulder trade and looked like a long-term building block in Oakland when he led the league with 110 walks and got on base at a .393 clip in 2010 as a 24-year-old.
However, he’s hit just .216 with four homers and a .608 OPS in 180 games since then and wasn’t even particularly good at Triple-A this year. Barton is still only 28 years old, but he’s organizational depth until proven otherwise at this point.