ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Former American League Rookie of the Year Marty Cordova retired Thursday, a day after he was scheduled to report to spring training with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

In 10 seasons with Minnesota, Toronto, Cleveland and Baltimore, the oft-injured outfielder batted .274 with 122 homers and 540 RBI's. He missed all of 2004 and appeared in just nine games two years ago after two operations on his right elbow.

``He's been bothered by back injuries over the last several seasons, and it has gotten to the point where he felt the best decision was to retire,'' Devil Rays general manager Chuck LaMar said.

The 34-year-old was Rookie of the Year in 1995, hitting .277 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs with Minnesota. He signed a minor league contract with the Devil Rays on Jan. 12.