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Meche Announces His Retirement

Jan 18, 2011 2:36 PM EST

Gil Meche announced Tuesday that he is retiring.

In a statement released through the Royals, the right-hander, who was plagued by shoulder problems last year, said he preferred retirement to spending the final year of his contract in the bullpen.

Meche was Kansas City's Opening Day starter in 2007, '08 and '09.

He retires with a 84-83 record in 10 seasons with Seattle and Kansas City.

Via ESPN