After feeling more pain in his elbow early in spring training, Keith Foulke announced his retirement today.
Foulke had signed a free agent deal with Cleveland in the offseason. Joe Borowski is now the leading candidate for the closer job in Cleveland.
Foulke's career started with the Giants in 1997 and he was sent to the White Sox at midseason as part of the "White Flag" trade where the Giants acquired Danny Darwin, Wilson Alvarez, and Roberto Hernandez. The White Sox received Foulke, Bobby Howry, Lorenzo Barcelo, Mike Caruso, Ken Vining, and Brian Manning.
After the 2002 season, Foulke was dealt to Oakland in a trade that was basically a Foulke for Billy Koch swap, although other players were involved. After the 2003 season, Foulke signed as a free agent with the Red Sox and was on the mound when the Red Sox wrapped up their first World Series win in 86 seasons.
Thanks to Diane Firstman for the heads up. Diane is still upset over the proposed migration of Extra Innings to DirecTV.