While the 2017 season has not even begun yet, there are still some players whose time in the MLB could come to a end after this season. Here are six MLB players who will retire after the 2017 season.
6. Koji Uehara
Koji Uehara has been in the MLB since 2009 after playing ten seasons in Japan. In the MLB, he has played for the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and now, the Chicago Cubs. Uehara signed a one-year deal with the Cubs this offseason and since he will be 42 years old after his contract ends, I expect him to retire after this year.
5. Jason Grilli
Jason Grilli is currently 40 years old and has played with nine teams since beginning his career in 2000 with the Marlins and has been a solid relief pitcher throughout his career. I expect Grilli to retire after this season since this is the final year of his contract. He's also dealt with a number of injuries as well. In 2015, he ruptured his Achilles and missed the second half of that season. He bounced back from it in 2016 and helped the Blue Jays down the stretch in the postseason.
4. David Wright
While David Wright is only 34 years old, there is a chance he could retire after the 2017 season, especially if he continues to battle injuries this season. Wright has dealt with spinal stenosis as well as a herniated disc in his neck. He missed the majority of the 2015 and 2016 seasons, and if he can't stay healthy, his career could be in jeopardy.
3. CC Sabathia
While CC Sabathia had somewhat of a bounce-back season in 2016, he's still on the decline. Considering the fact that the Yankees are rebuilding and focusing on younger players to help them win, 2017 may be Sabathia's last year in the MLB.
2. Bartolo Colon
While Colon is showing no signs of slowing down at age 43, especially after signing a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves, this could be the year that Colon decides to hang 'em up. Colon will turn 44 in May and unless he has a great year, this could finally be the year he decides to call it quits.
1. Ichiro Suzuki
Ichiro has been putting up solid seasons the last few years, but since his contract with the Miami Marlins ends after the 2017 season, it would make sense for him to retire. Ichiro has accomplished a lot since coming to the MLB in 2001. He has been a 10-time All-Star, as well as a 10-time Gold Glove winner, and was both the American League MVP and Rookie of the Year in 2001. Oh and to put the cherry on top of a Hall of Fame career, he notched 3,000 hits late last year.