Major League Baseball: Will These Vets Play Again?

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Major League Baseball: Will These Vets Play Again?
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Ex-Tiger Jose Valverde went unsigned throughout the 2012-13 offseason but was re-signed by the Tigers in April.

Carlos Zambrano recently got off the couch and signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies, but many other veterans remain jobless this spring. Some have aged their way out of major league interest but haven't officially retired.

Others are working their way back to health after major injuries. A few simply are taking extended vacations—some by choice, some not.

This slideshow will close with a partial rundown of unsigned free agents who were active in 2012 (hence Javier Vazquez' omission despite whispers of his pending return to MLB), did not officially retire, and ostensibly seek to continue their careers.

It does not include players who signed with the Japanese (or other foreign) League, such as Andruw Jones and Vicente Padilla, nor players who did officially retire such as Chipper Jones and Aubrey Huff. Players who did find offseason employment only to be cut in Spring Training or later are not listed, either.

(Though he didn't officially retire, I chose not to include Jamie Moyer for one reason: though we all admire his perseverance, we all know he is DONE. The guy's 50.)

In this Twitter era, information can circulate worldwide in the time it takes to type this sentence, so I seek advance forgiveness if the status of any of these men changes during the publication process.

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