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Braden Looper calls it quits

Former Cardinals hurler Braden Looper has announced he will retire after the Cubs told him that he won't make their opening day roster.

Looper, who pitched for the Redbirds in two stints, gave up 20 hits in 12 2/3 innings of Cactus League ball for the Wee Bears and compiled an ERA of 9.95.

Originally drafted by the Cardinals, Looper was traded to the Marlins in the Edgar Renteria deal in 1998. He returned to St. Louis as a set-up man in the bullpen, signing a free agent contract in December 2005. In 2007 Looper was converted into a starting pitcher and won 24 games over the next two seasons before being let go as a free agent.

Looper spent the 2009 season with Milwaukee, putting together a 14-7 record with an unsightly 5.22 ERA. He sat out the 2010 campaign when he couldn't find a suitable deal but signed a minor league deal with the Cubs this off-season with hopes of staying close to his Chicago area home.