Thursday September 25th, 2014

Kansas City Royals leftfielder Josh Willingham has told people close to him he is going to "100 percent retire" at the end of the season, reports Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Willingham has played in the majors for nine full seasons. He spent the first part of his career with the Marlins and has also played with the Nationals, Athletics, Twins and Royals. 

MEGDAL: Set to leave the game, Paul Konerko reflects on career

The 35-year-old is in the final year of a three-year, $21 million contract he signed with Minnesota in 2011. Willingham was traded to the Royals in August. 

If the Royals -- who are three games ahead in the Wild Card race -- make the playoffs, it would be the first postseason trip in Willingham's career.

SPAN: Detroit clinches postseason berth, eyes AL Central title

Willingham won a Silver Slugger Award in 2012, when he hit 35 home runs and had 110 RBI. His career totals currently stand at a .253 average, 195 home runs, 632 RBI and a .359 OBP.

- Molly Geary

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.