Yankees may be exploring trade of Ichiro

Veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki would likely play sparingly for the Yankees this season if he were to stay put.

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Veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki would likely play sparingly for the Yankees this season if he were to stay put.

TAMPA — Ichiro Suzuki is on the market, and the Yankees are willing pay part of his salary — but only if the return is right.

New York will offset a part of Ichiro' $6.5 million salary in a deal for a "good prospect," cbssportsline.com reported. The Phillies and Tigers could be landing spots for the future Hall of Famer.

Ichiro, 40, is a career .319 hitter and has 2,742 hits and an MVP award. But with Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brett Gardner on board, he's no better than a fourth outfielder with the Yankees.

GM Brian Cashman declined comment on trade talks but said the team had "no concern" about Ichiro taking to a backup role.

"He's a great defender and he can steal a base," Cashman told the website. "He provides us with options."

Ichiro hit .262 with a .639 on-base plus slugging percentage last season.

Jays: Reyes still out

DUNEDIN — SS Jose Reyes is running out of time to be ready for opening day.

Reyes was listed as day to day after he left Saturday's game with a tight left hamstring. But the tightness hasn't subsided, and Reyes was scheduled to have an MRI exam to find out the severity of the injury.

"Right now we're taking it day by day," Reyes told mlb.com.

"I'm not concerned. I just want to make sure everything is all right. I have to find out what it is. We'll see."

Manager John Gibbons continued to say the team wasn't concerned. "Everybody feels it's very mild and minor," he said.

Toronto opens the season Monday against the Rays at Tropicana Field. It will play its first 10 games on artificial turf.

DOWN TO TWO: The final candidates for the No. 5 starter's job both are set pitch today, LHP J.A. Happ against the Pirates and RHP Dustin McGowan in a minor-league game. "It could come down to the wire," Gibbons said. "We'll have a much better idea after" today.

GAME DETAILS: RHP Brandon Morrow struggled with his command in a rain-shortened 6-3 loss to the Phillies. He walked three and gave up four runs in five innings and threw 49 of 74 pitches for strikes.

Phils: Good impression

DUNEDIN — RHP David Buchanan kept up his bid for a major-league roster spot, pitching two perfect innings in the Phillies' win over the Blue Jays.

Buchanan, who pitched for Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley last year, has allowed three runs, struck out 11 and walked two in 12 spring innings.

"I just like his consistency, and his ability to pitch down in the strike zone," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "Throws four pitches for strikes. He's shown a lot of maturity and stuff."

Buchanan is scheduled to pitch Saturday in Philadelphia's spring finale.

"Having the opportunity to throw at home in Philly with the team is just the dream come true," Buchanan said. "I'm going to try to have fun. That's what the game is about."

BANGED UP: OF Bobby Abreu did not take batting practice because of a sore left shoulder but could play today.

. FAST FACTS

Blue Jays

Games: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin

Tickets: (727) 733-0429; bluejays.com

Today: at Pirates, 1:05, Bradenton

Phillies

Games: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater

Tickets: (727) 467-4457; phillies.com

Today: at Yankees, 7:05, Tampa, MLB

Yankees

Games: Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive (corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Dale Mabry), Tampa

Tickets: (813) 879-2244; yankees.com

Today: vs. Phillies, 7:05, MLB

Yankees may be exploring trade of Ichiro 03/24/14 [Last modified: Monday, March 24, 2014 9:27pm]

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