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OC Register: Former Angels ace Jered Weaver retires


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Jered Weaver, who spent most of his 12 big league seasons as the Angels ace, announced his retirement on Wednesday after an unsuccessful attempt to return to form with the San Diego Padres.

“While I’ve been working hard to get back on the mound, my body just will not allow me to compete like I want to,” Weaver said in a statement released by the Padres.

Weaver, 34, posted a 7.44 ERA in nine starts with the Padres, who signed him to a one-year, $3-million deal just before spring training. He was placed on the disabled list in May, and finally abandoned hope that he could revive his career.

His velocity had been declining for years, which resulted in his performance also dropping steadily from his All-Star peak.

In 11 years with the Angels, Weaver went 150-93 with a 3.55 ERA. He was the opening day starter seven times. He made three consecutive All-Star teams, from 2010-2012, and he finished in the top five in the Cy Young voting each of those seasons. He pitched a no-hitter in 2012.

In 2015-16, though, Weaver posted a 4.86 ERA. Amid growing concerns about his lack of velocity, he was placed on the disabled list with a hip issue in 2015.

After the season, Weaver still hoped to return to the Angels as a free agent, but the club had no spot for him. He signed with the Padres just as spring training began.

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