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Ex-Red Sox Julio Lugo reportedly plans to retire

According to MLB.com [1], former Red Sox [2] shortstop Julio Lugo [3], who is currently playing for Escogido (Dominican Republic) in the Caribbean Series, plans to retire at the conclusion of the tournament this week.

“It might be [the end], unless something comes that changes my mind,” Lugo told the website. “But I think this is going to be it for me.”

Lugo, 37, last played in affiliated baseball in 2011 with the Braves [4], spending 22 games in the big leagues and hitting .136/.208/.136/.345 in 48 plate appearances. In parts of 12 big league seasons, he hit .269/.333/.384/.716 with 80 homers and 198 steals. He signed a four-year, $36 million deal with the Sox prior to the 2007 season, but ended up spending just two and a half seasons in Boston before getting designated for assignment, hitting .251/.319/.346/.664 with 10 homers and 48 steals in 266 games.

Still, while he offered limited return on the Sox’ investment, he did turn in a meaningful half-season for the Sox in 2007. After struggling badly in the first half, he recovered to hit .280/.322/.406/.728 with solid defense in the second half, and he started all 14 of the Sox’ postseason games that October, hitting .271/.340/.333/.673 in the playoffs while delivering strong defensive play against the Rockies in the World Series [5].

Even so, he became a defensive liability with little offensive impact in the next couple years, resulting in his eventual departure from the Sox.

“I played good and had a good career,” Lugo told MLB.com, “and I just think it’s the right time now.”