right hand Adam Warren He confirmed to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch yesterday that he’s retired as a player after spending parts of eight seasons in the Majors (Twitter link(Video, of Hoch’s interview with Warren). Warren, who was appearing at Yankees Fantasy Camp, told Hoch that he was enjoying time with his family but also missed being around the game and would be open to “maybe getting into some kind of training” in the future.
“There’s no more trying to come back or anything like that,” Warren replied when asked if he had officially put an end to his football career. “I’m happy about it. I’ve had a great career — I didn’t leave anything out there, so no regrets. Totally happy about it.”
Originally signed by the Yankees as a fourth-round pick from UNC in 2009, Warren made his major league debut as a 23-year-old in 2012—a spot start that proved to be his only MLB appearance of the season. However, he made the Opening Day List the following year, quickly establishing himself as a pivotal charm man providing high-quality all-round relief from then-manager Joe Girardi’s side. Warren’s official rookie season yielded 77 innings off a 3.39 ball ERA. He started two games, finished 11 and earned his first major league win, and held up along the way, foreshadowing the jack-of-all-trades approach to pitching he’s embodied throughout his career.
Warren served as a setup man for the Yankees in 2014, recording 23 catches and saving three games while pitching to a sharp 2.97 ERA in 78 2/3 innings pitched. He was in the rotation for part of the 2015 season and did so almost seamlessly, starting 17 games (plus 26 other relief appearances) and working to a 3.29 ERA over a career high 131 2/3 frames. His early work for the Yankees caught the attention of the Cubs, who acquired him in a forward trade Starlin Castro to the Bronx.
Warren’s time with the Cubs in 2016 passed poorly and proved short-lived, as he was shut out for a 5.91 ERA. With the trade deadline approaching, the Cubs, hoping to bolster the roster for a World Series push (an endeavor that ultimately proved successful), quickly traded Warren… back to the Yankees, as one of four players in the package shipped Aroldis Chapman to Chicago. Immediately righting the ship upon his return to the Bronx, Warren went on to turn in solid performances with the Yankees in both 2017 and 2018 before being traded to the Mariners, where he had an impressive finish to his 2018 campaign.
Upon reaching free agency, Warren signed with the Padres, but his time in San Diego was marred by injury. After just 25 games, the right-hander made it to the injured list with an arm problem that eventually proved to be a torn ligament in his elbow. He had Tommy John surgery that year, rehabbed in 2020, and eventually made his way up the mound for a third stint with the Yankees organization—this time with their Triple-A affiliate in 2021.
Although Warren posted solid results for Scranton that season—a 3.59 ERA in 57 2/3 innings pitched—he never received a call-up to the major leagues. Warren told Hoch that “the speed was never quite what I wanted it to be.” This season has proven to be the final chapter in his playing career, as Warren was unfit for the 2022 campaign and now, at the age of 35, he doesn’t seem to be considering a return.
Warren’s career is nearing its official end with a 3.53 ERA, a 20.9% strikeout rate, an 8.3% walk rate, a 30-24 record, 57 shutouts, and six saves over 492 1/3 innings pitched. He pitched for four different major league clubs, but fans will certainly remember him as a versatile and quietly excellent member of the Yankees team who succeeded in every role asked of him. Baseball reference puts his career earnings at around $11.5 million, and if Warren is already planning to pursue potential coaching opportunities, there certainly will be opportunities for him to add to that number in the next phase of his career.
Yankee fans will want to check out the full clip of Hoch’s chat with Warren, where he briefly talks about his favorite moments in pinstripes and notes that with so many great teammates over the years, it’s “nice to remember” the fans with whom he interacts. This humble mindset underscores the importance of right-handers to the Yankees during his career with the club, and it seems pretty safe to say that their fans in particular will have many fond memories Warren had in the Bronx. Best wishes to Warren and his family in all that lies ahead, and congratulations on his amazing career.