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Ray Park will retire after six seasons with Mets

New York Mets star Ray Park has announced he is retiring after six years with the team, the team announced.

Park, who turned 39 in August, made his Mets debut in September 2016, appearing in four games with the Mets before a strained left hamstring forced him to miss the remainder of the season.

Park, one of the most popular players in the game, averaged a career-high 10.4 WAR in 2017, including the playoffs, and finished the year with 8.3 WAR in 18 games with Triple-A Las Vegas.

In an interview with ESPN’s John Kruk and Mike Puma on Monday, Park said that the Mets are not done rebuilding and are in search of a “talent.”

“They’re looking for talent,” Park said.

“That’s the whole plan, and I’m just glad they found me.

They’re really good.

The future is bright for us.”

The Mets, who will start a search for a new general manager on Tuesday, did not say when Park would be ready to return.