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Hargrove says Ichiro's contract won't be distraction

Updated: February 21, 2007, 3:26 PM ET
Associated Press

PEORIA, Ariz. -- One day after Ichiro Suzuki put the Seattle Mariners on notice that he is intrigued with entering free agency after this season, manager Mike Hargrove said the issue will not distract his team.

Unless his franchise player allows it to, that is.

"It depends on how much of a distraction he lets it be," Hargrove said Wednesday morning, after Suzuki acknowledged that he is looking at possibilities beyond his $44 million, four-year contract ending this ...

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