Ex-Cardinals OF Beltran retires at 40 after winning first ring

Carlos Beltran played for the Cardinals from 2012-13.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Former Cardinals star Carlos Beltran is retiring at age 40 after winning his first World Series title in his 20th major league season.

The outfielder made the announcement Monday, 12 days after the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series.

Beltran is a nine-time All-Star who won the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year award and also won three Gold Gloves.

He spent two seasons in St. Louis, batting .269 with 32 homers and 97 RBIs in 2012 and .296 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs in 2013.

His production dropped dramatically this year. He hit .295 with 29 homers and 93 RBIs for the New York Yankees and Texas in 2016. He then batted .231 with 14 homers and 51 RBIs for Houston.

He finishes with a .279 average, 435 homers, 1,587 RBIs and 312 stolen bases. He also has played for Kansas City, the New York Mets and San Francisco.