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Final season for Tim McCarver

Ex-catcher Tim McCarver has provided analysis for a record 23 World Series.

Heather Ainsworth/ AP/File

Ex-catcher Tim McCarver has provided analysis for a record 23 World Series.

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.

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‘‘I wanted to step down while I know I can still do the job and proud of the job I've done,’’ the 71-year-old McCarver said during a conference call Wednesday.

McCarver has worked 28 consecutive MLB postseasons on network TV, analyzing a record 23 World Series.

Wainwright deal

Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals agreed to a contract that guarantees the ace an additional $97.5 million over five years through 2018. The 31-year-old righthander was 14-13 with a 3.94 ERA last year after missing the Cardinals’ championship season in 2011 because of elbow surgery . . . Pitcher J.A. Happ and the Blue Jays agreed to a $9.1 million, two-year contract that adds an additional $5.4 million and one season to the deal he reached in January . . . Jason Hammel will start the Orioles’ opener at Tampa Bay.

Hughes to DL

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

Hughes is expected to miss his first turn through the rotation, which means that fifth starter candidates Ivan Nova and David Phelps are both likely to begin the season in the rotation.

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

The Dodgers are second at $1.62 billion — nearly $400 million below the price paid for the team last May when a group headed by Mark Walter, Stan Kasten, and Magic Johnson bought the franchise from Frank McCourt — and the Red Sox are third at $1.3 billion.

Betancourt signs

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 . . . An arbitration court in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ordered Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to pay 22 percent of the value of his contract with the A’s to the ex-agent who helped secure the deal, Edgar Mercedes . . . The Diamondbacks released Josh Booty, who had earned an invite to spring training by winning a televised knuckleball competition among former college quarterbacks, including Doug Flutie.

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