2017 offseason

Carlos Beltran Officially Retires

Former Met Carlos Beltran has officially retired from baseball after a 20-year playing career. Beltran spent seven seasons of his two decade-long career with the Mets, logging his best years of his career with them. Beltran signed with the Mets in 2005 to a seven-year, $119 million contract, the largest contract ever signed in Mets franchise history at the time. Beltran tallied five of his nine All-Star game appearances representing the Mets, and won all three of his Gold Glove awards in his time in Flushing.

After getting traded in 2011 to the San Francisco Giants for top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler, Beltran hopped around the major leagues in the twilight of his career. In 2012, he signed with the Cardinals and played in his first World Series in 2013. In 2014, Beltran signed a three-year deal with the Yankees and played for the Bombers for the majority of his contract until he was traded to the Rangers mid-season in 2016. Beltran played his last season in baseball with the Astros this year, finally winning the World Series championship that has eluded him for his entire career.

Beltran ends his Hall of Fame-worthy career with 2,725 hits, 435 home runs, and 1,587 RBIs.

Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell/US PressWire

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