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With no offers, Durham mulls retirement

With no offers, Durham mulls retirement

With no solid offers coming in this winter, free-agent second baseman Ray Durham is contemplating retirement.

"I'm ready to play, but if that doesn't come, I'm happy with retirement," Durham told ESPN.com in a story published on Saturday. "I play the game because I love it. Sometimes it's not all about money. You want to be treated fairly, too."

Last season with the Giants and Brewers, Durham batted .289 with six home runs, 45 RBIs and a .380 on-base percentage in 128 games. In 14 big league seasons with the White Sox, A's, Giants and Brewers, the 37-year-old is a career .277 hitter and a two-time All Star.

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If he decided to walk away, Durham wouldn't be the first player to retire this offseason. Fellow second baseman Jeff Kent and former first baseman Sean Casey both opted to retire after receiving lukewarm interest on the open market.

Other over-35 players like Ken Griffey Jr. and Luis Gonzalez could also be facing similar decisions. They are two of nearly 100 players still available with Spring Training set to open in less than one week.

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"Even when I was in the Minor Leagues, I always said that I want to go out on my own terms," Durham said to ESPN.com. "I didn't want to stay around if I couldn't continue to play at a high level. I wanted it to be my decision.

"That's the whole thing -- I haven't even had an offer to turn down this winter. If I had something to think about, I could at least weigh my options one way or another. I haven't even had anything to say no to."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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