Jose Guillen wants offer within a week
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jose Guillen said Tuesday he will retire if he does not receive any offers within a week.
"Today I have authorized my agent to explore the market and see if there is any interest in an outfielder and designated hitter," Guillen told ESPNdeportes.com from the Dominican Republic.
"If there are no offers in a week, then I will retire permanently from baseball," added.
Guillen, 34, has played 14 seasons with 10 teams in the majors. In 2010, he batted .258 with 19 HRs and 77 RBIs in 148 games with Kansas City and San Francisco, but missed the entire postseason with the Giants due to a neck injury.
In addition to missing the Giants' first World Series title in 56 years, Guillen also is being investigated by federal authorities for a shipment of human growth hormone allegedly sent to his wife in California.
"I finished the year very frustrated, facing the prospect of undergoing neck surgery and the distraction of an investigation. I did not want to know anything about baseball and I isolated myself," Guillen said.
"But I feel I recovered from the inconveniences and I think I can play," Guillen said. "If I receive an attractive offer, I'm willing to give it a try. Otherwise, I know it's over."
Guillen said he's not worried about the federal investigation against him and said he traveled to California in January to give evidence to the investigators. Major League Baseball could still punish Guillen for violating its substance-abuse program, regardless of the outcome of the investigation.
"I am not allowed to talk about the case," said Guillen, who has a .270 average with 214 homers and 887 RBIs in his career.
Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.