TAMPA, Fla. — Outfielder Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees agreed Sunday to a four-year contract worth $52 million.

The new pact starts in 2015 and includes a fifth-year club option for $12.5 million and a $2 million buyout. If traded, Gardner would receive $1 million.

“It shows the level of confidence, belief and trust, and the type of player and person he is,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “We’re excited to know that he’s going to be a part of this team going forward. We’re a better team with Gardy on it, that’s the bottom line. This is a good day for him, and we believe it makes the future for us better.”

  • Yankees shortstop
  • Derek Jeter
  • is to play his first spring training game of his final season on Thursday.

Jeter is scheduled to play when the Yankees host Pittsburgh. The Yankees take on Florida State in an exhibition on Tuesday and visit the Pirates on Wednesday.

The Yankees captain announced this month that he will retire after this season, and is coming off a year in which he was limited to 17 games because of injuries.

  • Matt Harrison
  • concedes that he likely won’t be ready to pitch for the Texas Rangers by opening day.

The left-hander, who hasn’t thrown in a week because of stiffness in his neck and back, just hopes things are different from last year. He was the opening-day starter then, but made only one more start.

Even though Harrison said he is feeling much better after switching beds, he was still returning to Texas to be examined by the specialist who did both operations last year for a herniated disk in his lower back.

  • Jhoulys Chacin
  • , Colorado’s top right-handed starter a year ago, was shut down Sunday because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI today.

“I feel good about the fact that we caught it early,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

  • Weiss said slugger
  • Carlos Gonzalez
  • will remain in left field rather than move over to center to replace
  • Dexter Fowler
  • .

Moving CarGo to center had been a strong possibility ever since the Rockies traded Fowler to Houston over the winter. But the Rockies later acquired Drew Stubbs from Cleveland, and Stubbs can platoon in center with Corey Dickerson or Charlie Blackmon, who can back up all three outfield spots.

  • With
  • Chase Headley
  • out for at least the next two weeks, San Diego manager
  • Bud Black
  • will get a chance to look at a handful of other options at third base.

Headley, who said earlier he wasn’t optimistic about coming to agreement on a long-term contract before the start of the season, is scheduled to have an MRI on his right calf today. Black said Sunday the team hopes to know more in the next few days exactly how long Headley might be sidelined.