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David Eckstein | Second Baseman

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (39) / 1/20/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 177
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Florida
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David Eckstein's agent denied reports that his client is retiring.
"If the right opportunity arises, he will play," Ryan Gleichowski said. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported over the weekend that Eckstein had officially decided to retire. Jon Heyman tweeted Sunday that Eckstein had the opportunity to play for the Mariners last season, but opted against it. The 37-year-old didn't play in 2011. The former World Series MVP has played 10 seasons and has a .280/.345/.355 career batting line. Sun, Jan 22, 2012 05:39:00 PM

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that David Eckstein has officially decided to retire.

Eckstein, 37, didn't play in 2011 but said at midseason that he'd consider playing again in the right situation. But, he's decided to hang up his cleats even though there were some teams willing to offer him a minor league contract. The former World Series MVP played 10 seasons and finishes with a .280/.345/.355 career batting line.
Sun, Jan 22, 2012 08:56:00 AM

David Eckstein said he doesn't consider himself retired and would possibly return in the "right situation."

"It totally has to be the right situation, but when you say that, it’s like you’re disrespecting the clubs that have talked to you," Eckstein said. "This goes so much deeper than you guys will ever know." Eckstein, 36, said he had plenty of offers last offseason and was contacted by the Dodgers during spring training but simply "made a decision not to play." It's a real longshot that he would play this season, but perhaps he might get the itch next offseason.
Wed, Jun 29, 2011 10:13:00 PM

The Dodgers considered signing free agent infielder David Eckstein during spring training but were told that it would take a one-year, $2 million contract.

With Rafael Furcal out at least a month due to a fractured thumb, there's a chance that the Dodgers will revisit talks with Eckstein. But he's going to have to lower his price considerably to make it work. The 36-year-old is a poor defender and batted just .267/.321/.326 last season.
Tue, Apr 12, 2011 12:06:00 PM

Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals are considering players like David Eckstein, Aaron Miles or Willie Bloomquist for their bench.

According to Ladson, the Nationals had players on their bench last season who weren't comfortable with their roles, so the club is hoping to sign players who will "accept their roles without complaint." Miles and Bloomquist are unlikely to be in high demand.
Tue, Dec 7, 2010 08:31:00 PM

Padres activated 2B David Eckstein from the 15-day disabled list.

Eckstein has been out since June 21 due to a calf strain and will return to a .279/.326/.354 slash line. He's never really been a fantasy guy, but the first-place Padres are certainly glad to have him back.
Sat, Aug 21, 2010 04:46:00 PM

David Eckstein (calf) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Saturday.

Eckstein played three minor league rehab games with Low-A Fort Wayne this week. He has been on the disabled list since July 21 due to a right calf strain.
Fri, Aug 20, 2010 09:02:00 PM

David Eckstein (calf) hit and took infield before Tuesday's game, but there's still no timetable for his return from the disabled list.

"The biggest thing about it is just making sure everything gets out of the calf," said Eckstein. "There's definitely still a spot that is tight, there's still a little stuff in there and they don't want a chance of re-straining that. We want to make sure that gets out of there, and then we'll start taking the next step." Padres manager Bud Black said it will likely be four or five days before Eckstein starts running again.
Tue, Aug 10, 2010 11:34:00 PM

David Eckstein (calf) told manager Bud Black that he was "a little sore" following a rigorous on-field workout Thursday.

Eckstein tested his strained right calf with batting practice, running and fielding ground balls. Black wouldn't call Eckstein's soreness a setback, saying the second baseman would still take batting practice Friday, but that he might curtail his running a bit. Eckstein is still probably a week away from returning from an injury that's already cost him 16 games.
Fri, Aug 6, 2010 09:55:00 PM

David Eckstein (calf) is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday, however he will probably need another 7-10 days.

Eckstein has reportedly increased his baseball activities in recent days, but after the acquisition of Miguel Tejada, they can afford to be a bit more cautious.
Mon, Aug 2, 2010 08:51:00 PM

The Padres are pleased with David Eckstein's progress from a right calf strain.

Eckstein underwent an MRI on Monday and will continue with his rehab program as scheduled. The Padres are hopeful that he can return from the disabled list close to when he is eligible next week.
Mon, Jul 26, 2010 11:17:00 PM

Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said that the calf injury to David Eckstein will not change his approach at the trade deadline.

"We still don't have a feel for Eck's injury yet, so we don't want to prioritize an infielder. ... We have been looking at infield depth anyway, so it doesn't change our course," said Hoyer. Eckstein went on the disabled list Wednesday with a right calf strain. Jerry Hairston Jr. and Everth Cabrera will consist of the middle infield in the interim, but the Padres have been mentioned in rumors with the Orioles in regards to Miguel Tejada and Ty Wigginton.
Thu, Jul 22, 2010 02:13:00 PM

Padres placed second baseman David Eckstein on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain.

Eckstein suffered the injury during Tuesday night's game against the Braves and will miss at least the next two weeks. Jerry Hairston Jr. and Everth Cabrera are likely to handle middle infield duties while he's sidelined. The little guy is batting .279/.326/.354 with 22 RBI on the season.
Wed, Jul 21, 2010 05:04:00 PM

David Eckstein will likely head to the disabled list with a right calf strain.

Eckstein re-aggravated his calf injury during the first inning of Monday's game against the Braves. Jerry Hairston Jr. and Everth Cabrera will consist of the middle infield for now, but expect Padres GM Jed Hoyer to search for an alternative via trade.
Tue, Jul 20, 2010 10:24:00 PM

David Eckstein left Tuesday's game against the Braves after one inning with a right calf strain.

Eckstein appeared to aggravate his calf during a play at home plate during the first inning. It's the same injury that sidelined him earlier this month. The Padres are reportedly looking for an infielder at the moment and they'll certainly ramp up those efforts if Eckstein requires a stint to the disabled list. He was replace in Tuesday's lineup by Everth Cabrera.
Tue, Jul 20, 2010 07:56:00 PM

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SS1Everth Cabrera
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Carlos Quentin
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