"Miguel expressed an interest in retiring as a player and becoming involved with the baseball operations side of the game," Jocketty said. "He was a leader for us on the field and in the clubhouse and over a very successful career earned a tremendous amount of respect within the baseball community. Miguel was a big part of our success the last three years. Our younger players will benefit from his work ethic and experience."
Cairo, 38, over his 17-year career appeared in 1,490 games for the Blue Jays, Cubs, Rays, Cardinals, Yankees, Mets, Mariners, Phillies and Reds). The playoff veteran made 29 appearances covering 6 Division Series and 3 League Championship Series. In 2011 he was the Reds' recipient of the MLB Players Alumni Association's Heart and Hustle Award for his passion for the game.