The Philadelphia Phillies will sign slugger Pat Burrell to a one-day minor league contract to allow him to retire with the team, according to MLB Trade Rumors.
Burrell had been battling a chronic foot injury and was not optimistic about playing in 2012 when interviewed by the Associated Press in November.
“I have not decided yet, but I don’t think I can play anymore [due to a chronic foot injury]. It hurts me to say that.” Drafted in 1998 by Philadelphia as a third baseman, Burrell spent the majority of his career as a left fielder. Before finishing his career with the Rays and Giants, Burrell spent nine seasons with the Phillies hitting .257/.367/.485. He ranks fourth all-time on the Phillies’ home run list with 251.