St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - All-Star second baseman Roberto Alomar, who signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in January, is expected to make a statement about his future Saturday.
The St. Petersburg Times reported on its Web site early Saturday morning that Alomar is likely to retire Saturday. A story on MLB.com said Alomar could be leaning toward retirement.
The 37-year-old Alomar had been sidelined the past week with a back problem before returning to the Rays' lineup Friday night. However, he dropped two throws for a pair of errors in the first inning of Tampa Bay's 5-4 loss to Toronto and then struck out looking in his first -- and only -- at-bat.
After striking out, Alomar took himself out of the game.
Alomar was seen talking with Chuck LaMar, the team's general manager, before leaving the ballpark. "He's going home and thinking about a lot of things, and I'm sure we'll have some type of announcement (Saturday) concerning Roberto and his future with the organization," LaMar was quoted as saying in the Times.
Alomar is a career .300 hitter with 210 homers, 1,134 RBI and 474 stolen bases over 17 seasons with San Diego, Toronto, Baltimore, Cleveland, Arizona, the Chicago White Sox and the New York Mets. He is a 10-time Gold Glove award winner and was an All-Star 12 times, including 11 straight years from 1991-2001.
He is one of only seven players in major league history with a .300 average, 400 steals and 500 doubles, with Ty Cobb, Ed Delahanty, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner, Paul Molitor and Barry Bonds being the others.
Alomar needs 276 hits to reach the 3,000 milestone, but has struggled the past three seasons, batting just .258 two years ago.
He missed two months of the 2004 season with a broken right hand and ended the year with four home runs and 24 RBI in just 56 games for Arizona and the White Sox.