Michael Taylor retires from baseball at age 29


Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com has the story …

White Sox outfielder and former top prospect Michael Taylor has retired from baseball, the team announced Tuesday.

Taylor, acquired by the White Sox from the Oakland A’s last summer, was rated as the No. 20 prospect in baseball in 2010 by Baseball Prospectus and 29th by Baseball America. Taylor, 29, made the decision late Monday, a team official said.

Taylor logged 3,765 plate appearances in the minor leagues but only 114 plate appearances in the majors. He was an impressive .290/.374/.465 hitter on the farm, but Taylor batted just .167/.254/.216 in parts of four big-league seasons with the Athletics and White Sox.

Orioles option LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minors

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.

The Orioles announced the moves Monday.

Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.

Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.

The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.