Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 6/22/13
According to published reports, veteran slugger Carlos Lee has officially retired from baseball. Lee, according to MLB.com, made the announcement Thursday on a radio station in his native Panama on his 37th birthday. Lee, who played last season for the Houston Astros and Florida Marlins, reportedly was seeking a two-year deal this season but was unable to secure one from the four teams that expressed interest in him. Over his 14 MLB seasons, Lee compiled a .285 batting average with 358 home runs, 1,363 RBI and 125 stolen bases, spending time with the White Sox, Brewers, Rangers, Astros and Marlins. A three-time All-Star, Lee won two Silver Slugger Awards (2005, 2007) while playing a minimun of 140 games in all but two seasons. He hit at least 30 homers in five straight season and had 11 consecutive years with more than 20 home runs.
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