Dodgers links: Tim McCarver retires, Yasiel Puig, prospect rankings, Forbes valuations

Hunter Martin

A look at some Dodgers and baseball related links, including the pending retirement of a longtime national baseball analyst.

Tim McCarver announced on Wednesday that 2013 will be his last season behind the microphone as a full-time announcer. Steve Lepore at SB Nation has more:

"I've informed FOX Sports that I will not seek to extend my contract to broadcast baseball past the 2013 season," said McCarver. "Although I am neither tired of broadcasting baseball nor have I in any way lost my interest in baseball, with which I have been associated as a player and broadcaster for 55 years, it's time to cut back."

Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune caught Yasiel Puig fever, and wrote about the outfielder's demotion.

Baseball America ranked all farm systems in baseball, and the Dodgers came in 19th among 30 MLB teams.

The Dodgers rank much higher on the Forbes list of team valuations, which were released on Wednesday. The Dodgers, who were sold for $2.15 billion a year ago, are valued by Forbes at $1.6 billion, second only to the $2.3 billion Yankees.

Max Weinstein of Beyond the Box Score provided his season preview for the Dodgers, and sees big things in store for the boys in blue.

Troy Tulowitzki took a look around the division and saw the grass is greener outside of Colorado. Mark Kizsla of the Denver Post asked Tulowitzki about the Dodgers' payroll and the Rockies shortstop answered, "You play at the highest level, because you want to play with the best players. So there are times when you look at it and say: 'Man, I wish we were able to spend $200 million.' "

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