San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jered Weaver announced his retirement on Aug. 16, as announced by the Padres.
Weaver began his 12th season overall, and his first with the Padres, in 2017. He signed a 1-year, $3 million contract with the club on Feb. 17.
The right-hander made nine starts for the Friars, posting an 0-5 record with a 7.44 ERA. He often fell victim to the long ball, giving up 16 home runs over those nine starts.
On May 20, Weaver was placed on the 10-day disabled list after being diagnosed with hip inflammation. This came just days after his final start, where he left in the first inning of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 19. In that start, he allowed seven runs on seven hits, including two home runs. He later was transferred to the 60-day D.L., with no timetable for his return.
Weaver had been working to return from the DL and rejoin the team to finish out the duration of his contract. That changed when he announced his retirement, making the following statement:
“I’ve decided to step away from baseball. While I’ve been working hard to get back on the mound, my body just will not allow me to compete like I want to. Many thanks to the Padres organization for the opportunity to play in the amazing city of San Diego. You have been professional and respectful during the process and I appreciate that. I would also like to thank my teammates for welcoming me with open arms and for all the support throughout the season. I’m excited for the next chapter of my life and for making up the lost time with my family. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years. It was a great ride!”
Weaver was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2004. In 2006, he made his major league debut with the Angels. He finished the season with an 11-2 win-loss record and a 2.56 ERA.
He pitched 11 seasons with the Angels, winning 150 games. He was an all-star in three straight seasons, from 2010-2012. He was second in AL Cy Young Award voting in 2011. In that season, he was 18-8 with a 2.41 ERA. In 2012, he was a 20-game winner, going 20-5.
Weaver finishes his career with a 150-98 record and a 3.63 ERA. Near the end of his career, he lost velocity in his fastball, as it dropped from the mid-90s to the mid-80s.