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MLB roundup: Jeter to retire after 2014 season

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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced Wednesday on his Facebook page that the 2014 season will be his last in the major leagues.

Jeter, who turns 40 in June, will enter his final season with 3,316 hits, which ranks 10th in baseball history, and a career .312 batting average. His accomplishments include five World Series championships, five Gold Gloves and the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year Award.

Last season signaled the beginning of the end for Jeter. A broken ankle suffered in the American League playoffs in October 2012 was slow to heal and he played in only 17 games in 2013.

"So really it was months ago when I realized that this season would likely be my last," Jeter wrote on Facebook. "As I came to this conclusion and shared it with my friends and family, they all told me to hold off saying anything until I was absolutely 100 percent sure."

Jeter's last regular-season game would be Sept. 28 against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park and his last appearance in Yankee Stadium, barring the Yankees reach the playoffs, would be Sept. 25 against the Baltimore Orioles.

---Closer Greg Holland reached agreement with the Kansas City Royals on a one-year, $4.675 million contract.

The 28-year-old Holland is coming off an impressive 2013 season that included 47 saves and a 1.21 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 67 innings.

---Relief pitcher Jose Valverde reached agreement on a minor league contract with the New York Mets.

A former closer for the Detroit Tigers, Valverde had 35 saves in 2012 and has 286 for his career. But he was released by the Tigers last August after posting an 0-1 record with nine saves and a 5.59 ERA in 20 appearances in 2013.

---The Philadelphia Phillies signed free-agent pitcher AJ Burnett to a one-year contract. The deal is worth $16 million for the 37-year-old right-hander, Fox Sports reported.

Burnett pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates the past two seasons and it was assumed that he would return to the Pirates or retire. He mulled stepping away from the game permanently during the winter and the Pirates did not make him a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer, but he decided to return for one more season.

---The Cleveland Indians reached an agreement with right-hander Kyle Davies on a minor league contract that included an invitation to spring training.

The 30-year-old Davies is attempting a comeback from shoulder surgery that forced him to miss the 2012 season and pitch in the minor leagues in the Minnesota Twins' organization last season.

---Detroit Tigers minor league catcher Ronny Paulino was suspended for 100 games and Seattle Mariners minor league outfielder Cavan Cohoes received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball for violation of the drug prevention and treatment program.

For Paulino, it is the second violation. He was suspended for 50 games in 2010-2011. Currently on the Triple-A roster of the Toledo Mud Hens, Paulino will sit out once the season begins. He tested positive for exogenous testosterone.

---Seattle Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has a strained tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand that will sideline him for four to six weeks.

Iwakuma was injured while working out at home in January in southern California, the Tacoma News Tribune reported.

Last season, Iwakuma finished third in the American League Cy Young Award voting after posting a 14-6 record with a 2.66 ERA, 42 walks and 185 strikeouts in 220 innings.
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