There was a brief period of time where the Chicago Cubs were connected to potential reclamation project Mark Mulder, but it seems like that won’t be happening.

TMJ4 in Milwaukee is reporting that left-hander Mark Mulder has decided to hang up his cleats and retire from professional baseball.

Mulder has been long connected with the Milwaukee Brewers this offseason.  The 32-year old southpaw was attempting to make a comeback to the big leagues, and most thought the most obvious destination was with his former pitching coach, Rick Peterson, in Milwaukee.

That never came to fruition, however, as the talks dragged on and on throughout the winter.  The Brewers wished to see him throw off a mound before reaching out and agreeing to a minor league contract with performance incentives.  Mulder did not showcase his stuff for the Brewers until early February, though no reports as to how that session went became immediately available. JSOnline.

If he does retire, Mulder’s legacy will be that of a promising young pitcher, derailed by injuries. Oh, and he’ll be one of the worst trades in Cardinals history. Mulder, who put up just one good season in St. Louis before succumbing to a myriad of problems, was traded to the Cardinals for Daric Barton (solid first baseman), Kiko Calero (very solid reliever), and … Dan Haren. Oops.

  • Cardfan

    Just had to tear the scab off that one, didn’t ya?

    • Ace

      I know, I know. It was profoundly douchey of me – but you know how it is: in the past few decades, there are so few things that Cub fans can hold over Cardinal fans. Like, so few that this one is a big one. Which is sad.

  • Tanner

    MLBTR is saying he isn’t hanging it up, but I think he should.

  • Rylan

    I love that picture.

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