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Carlos Quentin is likely to retire again

Carlos Quentin

Minnesota Twins’ Carlos Quentin rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Carlos Quentin retired in May last year shortly after signing a minor league deal with the Mariners. He decided to make a comeback, though, inking a minor league pact with the Twins last month.

Quentin had a solid spring showing, hitting .250/.333/.500 with a pair of home runs in 36 at-bats. On Saturday, however, he was among the handful of players reassigned to minor league camp. Rather than accept the assignment, Quentin asked for and was granted his release from the Twins, LaVelle E. Neal reported for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Neal also reports that Quentin told GM Terry Ryan that he isn’t looking to sign with another team; rather, he is going home to be with his family. It’s sounding like Quentin is likely to retire again.

Quentin, 33, was a fearsome power hitter over parts of nine seasons in the majors, but injuries were always an issue. He played in 834 games, averaging less than 100 per year, but he hit 154 home runs with a career .831 OPS.

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