Shelby, NC (Sports Network) - Veteran pitcher Kevin Millwood has reportedlydecided to call it a career.
Millwood was quoted by the Shelby Star, a North Carolina newspaper, as sayingon Friday he was "ready to retire."
The 38-year-old right-hander spent the 2012 season in Seattle and was 6-12with a 4.25 ERA in 28 starts. The paper said the North Carolina native washoping to pitch in 2013, but only wanted to be with a team close to hisGeorgia home.
Millwood began his 16-year career in Georgia with the Atlanta Braves in 1997and was an All-Star for the only time two years later when he had, perhaps,his best season at 18-7 with a 2.68 ERA in 33 starts.
He joined the Macon Braves in 1994 as a 19-year-old and played with the team for two seasons.
While he never won 20 games, Millwood won more than 15 on four occasions andowns a career record of 169-152 with a 4.11 ERA in 451 games, all but eight asa starter.
After spending his first six years in Atlanta, he also pitched two seasonswith Philadelphia, one with Cleveland, four in Texas and one each withBaltimore, Colorado and Seattle.
Millwood tossed a no-hitter for Philadelphia on April 27, 2003 and was part ofa combined no-hitter for Seattle last June 8. He worked the first six inningsagainst the Dodgers before leaving with a groin injury and five relievershelped close it out.
"It's special just to make it (to the majors) in the first place," Millwoodtold the paper. "To be able to play as long as I played makes it extraspecial."