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Javier Vazquez is all but retired, may pitch in the World Baseball Classic

Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 16: Javier Vazquez #23 of the Florida Marlins celebrates with John Buck #14 after pitching a complete game shutout against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 16, 2011 in Washington, DC. Florida won the game 3-0. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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Based on his performance last season Javier Vazquez would have had little trouble securing a sizable one-year deal as a free agent this winter, but the 35-year-old right-hander told interested teams that he was leaning toward retirement and never signed.

He still hasn’t officially decided to call it a career after throwing 193 innings with a 3.69 ERA for the Marlins last season, but Vazquez told Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel that he’s been considering retirement for 3-4 years and is unlikely to make a midseason comeback.

“Right now, I’m not missing it,” Vazquez said, noting that he has three children under eight years old. He did, however, indicate that returning to the mound to pitch for Puerto Rico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic has some appeal and in the meantime it wouldn’t be surprising if some pitching-starved team tried to change his mind in a couple months.