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Former Cardinals IF Ryan Theriot to retire

Infielder Ryan Theriot, a member of the 2011 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, has announced his retirement, according to NBC Sports.

A .281 career hitter, Theriot was a utility player for the Chicago Cubs for the first six years of his career before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2010 season. The Cardinals traded for Theriot over the winter and installed his as the club's starting shortstop.

Although he hit a respectable .271, Theriot wasn't the best defender at short and the Redbirds jumped at the chance to add veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal at the trade deadline to improve their defense.

The move didn't make Theriot happy. He played some at second base. But he had to compete for playing time there with converted outfielder Skip Schumaker. He collected his ring. But at the end of the season Theriot moved on to the San Francisco Giants.

Theriot was out of baseball in 2013 because he couldn't find a spot with an acceptable amount of playing time.