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POSTED February 12, 2014 9:15 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he will retire after this season “with absolutely no regrets,” ending one of the greatest careers in the history of baseball’s most storied franchise.

The 39-year-old New York captain posted a long letter on his Facebook page Wednesday saying that 2014 will be his final year.

A 13-time All-Star who has led the Yankees to five World Series championships, Jeter was limited to 17 games last season while trying to recover from a broken left ankle sustained during the 2012 playoffs.

“I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball,” he wrote.

“I have gotten the very most out of my life playing baseball, and I have absolutely no regrets,” he said.

Jeter is the Yankees’ career hits leader with 3,316. He is a lifetime .312 hitter in 19 seasons, with 256 home runs and 1,261 RBIs. Jeter has scored 1,876 runs and stolen 348 bases. He also is a five-time Gold Glove winner.

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On the day Cole Hamels announced he won’t be ready for the season opener, the Philadelphia Phillies helped their ailing starting rotation. A person familiar with the deal said that A.J. Burnett agreed to a one-year contract with the Phillies on Wednesday. Hamels told reporters in Clearwater, Fla., that he has left biceps tendinitis, but expects to pitch in April.

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