No matter your age, if you can still want to compete and teams are willing to pay you, then you should play as long as you can. However, if you can’t get it done at respectable level, then it might be time to hang ’em up.
5. Chase Utley
Chase Utley was on a steep decline a few years ago as his run in Philadelphia ended. But he resurfaced last year and posted a .715 OPS with 2.0 WAR in 138 games for the Dodgers last year. Now that isn’t super special production, but it was his best year since 2014 and he was valuable for the Dodgers. Well, they brought him back again this year at the age of 38 and his career might be done. He’s hitting .115/.220/.154 with two doubles and one RBI in 52 at-bats. The hard-nosed Utley needs to hang up the spikes and move on.
4. Fernando Rodney
Rodney may have eight saves on the season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but he possesses a 10.80 ERA and 1.97 WHIP in 13 appearances (11.2 innings). He doesn’t have the same stuff he had when he was saving 40-plus games for the Tampa Bay Rays back in 2012. It’s time for the 40-year-old reliever to call it a career.
3. Carlos Beltran
I never wanna doubt Carlos Beltran’s ability to swing the bat, but eventually father time catches up and I don’t know what else the man has to prove. He was an All-Star last year, but in 31 games (119 at-bats) this year with the Astros he’s only slashing .252/.280/.395 with three home runs and 11 RBI. Take it to the crib and start prepping for your Hall of Fame speech.
2. CC Sabathia
CC Sabathia is in the final year of his deal with the New York Yankees, and he’s not going out in style. The Yankees are playing great, but Sabathia is really struggling and might find himself out of the rotation. In seven starts this year, he’s 2-2 with a 5.77 ERA and 1.51 WHIP, which would be career-worsts if he continues down this path.
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1. Bartolo Colon
Well, Bartolo Colon’s incredible career might be over after this year. Colon has been getting by throwing 90 percent fastballs at 88 mph, but it’s not working in his first year with the Braves. In seven starts this year, Colon is 1-4 with a whopping 7.22 ERA. He’s already allowed eight home runs in 38.2 innings. I love watching Colon compete, but his miraculous run might be over at the age of 43.