Ichiro Suzuki laughed at the reporters standing around him. "He's not going to fall for questions like that," Ichiro said through his translator. The question was simple: Would the 40-year-old outfielder rather be on a team where he'd be assured more playing time? It was a fair query considering the Yankees' offseason. The team signed stars Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, and with Brett Gardner as the lone outfield holdover and Alfonso Soriano as the fourth man and DH, Ichiro doesn't figure to get much playing time. Which could be tough for the future Hall of Famer. Equally tough: That he's been the subject of trade rumors all offseason as the Yankees looked to dump at least some of his $6 million salary and improve their pitching or infield. But, Ichiro said, he hasn't — and won't — let the idea of playing elsewhere throw him off. "When you're here with the Yankees, you think about those things," he said. "You just never know." But, what Ichiro knows is that he's healthy. He hopes he can help in 2014.
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