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MLB notebook: McCarver says he's retiring after season

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 8:18 p.m.

Tim McCarver will make his 55th straight season of Major League Baseball his last.

The two-time champion catcher will call the World Series this year and then retire from his analyst job at Fox.

“I wanted to step down while I know I can still do the job and be proud of the job I've done,” the 71-year-old McCarver said Wednesday.

His health is good, McCarver said. So are his passion and energy for the game.

“It's not a tough call,” he said. “It's not a sad thing for me.”

McCarver had been thinking about moving on for a couple of years. This winter, Fox executives visited him at his home in Florida to discuss extending his contract, which expires after the 2013 season.

Wainwright's extension

ESPN reported that right-hander Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals are close to a five-year, $97.5 million contract extension.

Wainwright, 31, went 14-13 with a 3.94 ERA last season. He missed the 2011 season with an elbow injury.

Yankees' Hughes on DL

Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes will join Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the disabled list for the start of the season.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced the decision after watching Hughes pitch in his second minor league exhibition game since returning from a bulging disk in his upper back.

D'backs release Booty

The Diamondbacks released Josh Booty, who had earned an invitation to the team's spring training by winning a televised knuckleball competition among former college quarterbacks. “The Next Knuckler” competition was held on MLB Network, with Booty beating out his brother John David Booty, Doug Flutie, David Greene and Ryan Perrilloux.

Josh Booty has major league experience, playing 13 games for the Marlins from 1996-98. He also played quarterback at LSU.

Brewers sign Betancourt

Infielder Yuniesky Betancourt agreed to a $900,000, one-year deal with the Brewers, rejoining the team he helped to win the 2011 NL Central title.

The 31-year-old was in spring training with Philadelphia on a minor league contract and batted .447 in 18 games while mostly playing shortstop.

Yankees are most valuable

Forbes estimated the Yankees have the highest value in Major League Baseball for the 16th straight year at $2.3 billion, and the average for an MLB team increased by 23 percent in the past year to $744 million.

The magazine said the Yankees' value increased from $1.85 billion last year. The Los Angeles Dodgers are second in MLB at $1.62 billion.

Forbes valued Boston third at $1.3 billion, followed by the Chicago Cubs ($1 billion) and Philadelphia ($893 million).

The bottom five are Tampa Bay ($451 million), Kansas City ($457 million), Oakland ($468 million), the Pirates ($479 million) and Miami ($520 million).

Cespedes ordered to pay

An arbitration court in the Dominican Republic ordered Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to pay 22 percent of the value of his contract with the Athletics to the former agent who helped secure the deal.

The lawyer for former agent Edgar Mercedes says that amounts to $7.9 million owed to his client.

Lester tunes up for opener

Before taking the mound Wednesday against Miami, Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester knew he was going to be Boston's Opening day Dtarter.

Red Sox manager John Farrell made the announcement earlier in the day, and Lester then went out and threw four scoreless innings, giving up two hits with no walks with four strikeouts in a 4-1 loss to the Marlins.

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