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MLB roundup: Report: Young set to retire

Michael Young will reportedly retire from Major League Baseball. The 37-year-old spent last season with the Phillies and Dodgers.(USA Today)

After 14 seasons in the major leagues, All-Star infielder Michael Young is retiring, according to a report.

The 37-year-old Young wants to spend more time with his family despite receiving three “good” offers from teams during the offseason, Fox Sports reported Thursday.

Young finished his long career with the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers last season, combining for eight home runs, 46 RBIs and a .279 batting average in 147 games with the two teams. A seven-time All-Star, Young spent his first 13 years in the big leagues with the Texas Rangers.

His career totals include a .300 batting average, 185 home runs and 2,375 hits. Young’s 2,230 hits with the Rangers are the most in franchise history.

Ortiz backs off expectations

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has backed off his desire for a new multiyear contract and now wants a one-year extension, according to

Ortiz, 38, recently suggested he was prepared to play elsewhere once his current deal expires at the end of the upcoming season. He had 30 home runs, drove in 103 runs and went over the 2,000-hit mark last year.

“We’re good. We’re good,” Ortiz told on Wednesday. “We talked, they’re talking and I just asked for one year. I didn’t ask for anything crazy. It wasn’t like I asked for a five-year deal. It’s a one-year extension I asked for.”

Uecker to cut back on travel

Legendary Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker said Thursday that he will cut back his travel schedule for first time during 2014 season.

Uecker, who just turned 79, told Newsradio WTMJ 620 and that he will still do all home games. He will be entering his 44th season calling games for his hometown team.

“This is my 59th year (in professional baseball) coming up, so that’s enough on an everyday basis,” he said. “I know I’m going to miss it, each and every game.”

Royals resign SP Chen

The Kansas City Royals re-signed left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen, reported Thursday. The contract is for $4.25 million.

Chen has spent the last five seasons with the Royals, going 45-39 with a 4.32 ERA. He has won 10-plus games in three of the last four seasons. Chen, 37, is coming off a solid 2013 season after shifting to a relief role. He was 9-4 over 121 innings with a 3.27 ERA, making 15 starts and 19 relief appearances.