Yankees Acquire Ichiro Suzuki

A legendary figure in Seattle will be changing uniforms, but won't have to go farther than the visitors' clubhouse to join his new team. The Yankees, who are playing in Seattle tonight, have acquired Ichiro Suzuki and cash from the Mariners in exchange right-handers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar, the teams have confirmed.

Within the press release, Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln revealed that Ichiro requested the trade:

‚ÄúSeveral weeks ago, Ichiro Suzuki, through his long time agent, Tony Attanasio, approached Chuck Armstrong and me to ask that the Mariners consider trading him. Ichiro knows that the club is building for the future, and he felt that what was best for the team was to be traded to another club and give our younger players an opportunity to develop."

The 38-year-old Ichiro has never known life outside of Seattle in the Major Leagues, but will jump from a last place team to a first place team as a result of the transaction. The two-time batting champion's production has tapered off considerably in recent years, and he's hitting just .261/.288/.353 this season. A move from the spacious Safeco Field to Yankee Stadium could very well help boost his offensive production, however.

Ichiro, who is a free agent following the 2012 season, is owed roughly $6.7MM of his $17MM salary. The Yankees will be responsible for $2.25MM of that salary, meaning the Mariners are including somewhere around $4.5MM to facilitate the deal. Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement prevents teams from acquiring compensatory draft picks for players who didn't spend the entirety of the season on their roster. In other words, Ichiro is strictly a rental.

The Yankees' interest likely picked up when Brett Gardner suffered another setback in his rehab. Because Ichiro has 10-and-5 rights, he had the chance to veto this trade, but approved a deal to the Yanks. Mitchell is on the Yankees' 40-man roster, but Farquhar is not, which means the Mariners will not have to make a corresponding move.

Mitchell, 25, has appeared in four games for the Yankees this season, pitching to a 3.86 ERA in 4 2/3 innings. In 85 2/3 career Triple-A innings, he has a 3.81 ERA with a 6.8 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9. The Yankees selected him out of Clemson University in the 10th round of the 2008 draft.

The 25-year-old Farquhar was taken just 11 picks earlier in the same draft, by the Blue Jays. He spent time in the Jays and Athletics organizations this season, and was claimed off waivers by the Yankees on June 26 after the A's designated him for assignment. Farquhar owns a 4.65 ERA in 69 2/3 Triple-A innings, where he's posted a 7.6 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9.

Jack Curry of the YES Network first broke the news (on Twitter), and Joel Sherman of the New York Post added details surrounding the money that was exchanged (Twitter link).


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248 Comments on "Yankees Acquire Ichiro Suzuki"


3 years 1 month ago

say it ain’t so Ichiro!

3 years 1 month ago

Wow, what a move!

Stonehands
3 years 1 month ago

does anyone know about the prospects the yankees are giving up?

ROR1997
3 years 1 month ago

Yes we do.
The Yankees have acquired Ichiro Suzuki for RHPs DJ Mitchell and Danny Fahrquar, a source said. Yanks also get undisclosed cash in deal.-Jack Curry twitter

JakeD
3 years 1 month ago

Ha didn’t the yankees just pick up Farqhuar from waivers!?

MB923
3 years 1 month ago

What the heck is going on today?

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

NY wanted another player to get 3k hits in ‘stripes?

Kidding.. Nice pickup, he can still hack ‘n slash with the best and nobody will knock the glove.

MoCrash
3 years 1 month ago

Sorry, Ichiro won’t get to 3,000. There isn’t enough left in the tank to remain on a MLB roster long enough, unless he’s a FA bargain for a weak franchise (and even then it will be a struggle; he’s still 467 hits shy, which will take about 3 years to get).

hardcoreforhardcore
3 years 1 month ago

Did NOT see that coming. That’s crazy.

First Bleed
3 years 1 month ago

crazy… left-field trade?!!

3 years 1 month ago

Yes he will be playing left

3 years 1 month ago

Mind is blown.

ARod's Ring
3 years 1 month ago

I know he’s past his prime. but I think I’m going to cry. I’m so happy! hahaha

the_show
3 years 1 month ago

He is still fun to watch with that gun for an arm

the_show
3 years 1 month ago

Holy crap didn’t see that happening

Jaysfan724
3 years 1 month ago

No way…Farquhar has already been DFA’s this year. Don’t know about DJ Mitchell but this package seems light for the M’s

First Bleed
3 years 1 month ago

they get ca$$$H, i’m guessing that is the real deal.

Dustin Bicknell
3 years 1 month ago

Cash is going to the Yankees

MoCrash
3 years 1 month ago

This isn’t a major deal, but not as bad for M’s as it appears superficially. Given his numbers, the M’s wouldn’t get any draft picks if he went FA at the end of the season and even if neither pitcher works out at the major league level they at least provide minor league depth to protect legitimate prospects (assuming the M’s have any) by chewing up innings.

wrestlingcritic
3 years 1 month ago

Holy Sushi!

drumzalicious
3 years 1 month ago

since they were supposedly going to keep Ichiro around . . . . Felix trade anyone?

Wete
3 years 1 month ago

Stop it. You and your horrible imagination, just stop it.

Ricardo Elorza
3 years 1 month ago

I want to puke

JakeD
3 years 1 month ago

Let’s go Cubs, are you really going to be shown up Theo!? Jed!?!?

dieharddodgerfan
3 years 1 month ago

Sounds like a good move except that Ichiro is old and over the hill.

Ichiro is hitting .261 with a .641 OPS.

However, going from Safe Co to Yankee Stadium can’t hurt.

iamsynecdoche
3 years 1 month ago

It isn’t like he swings for the fences, though.

dieharddodgerfan
3 years 1 month ago

True, but Ichiro does have some pop in his bat. He could adjust his swing to a more comfy ball park like Yankee Stadium.

MB923
3 years 1 month ago

Ichiro is hitting .297 away from Safec0, although his OBP is still a bit low

iamsynecdoche
3 years 1 month ago

I know Ichiro isn’t his past self anymore, but he’s worth more than that in marketing alone.

jwsox
3 years 1 month ago

maybe a line up with real protection, a ball park built for left handers, and a contender will rejuvenate him

MoCrash
3 years 1 month ago

Winning is the best marketing plan, and Ichiro isn’t able to help there. Maybe with the money they save on Ichiro’s contract will allow them to upgrade (especially since they didn’t get much in the trade: a couple of hopefuls who haven’t exactly blown away AAA batters).

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 1 month ago

Da Hell?!

3 years 1 month ago

So yeah, the world is in ending in 2012.

3 years 1 month ago

nope, the yankees keep buying players, nothing new.

Jaysfan724
3 years 1 month ago

Can’t fault them for buying in a trade.

3 years 1 month ago

L2

MB923
3 years 1 month ago

Yeah they bought him as a free agent. Good thinking.

Tacho Bill
3 years 1 month ago

Wow. I thought he’d be in Seattle for his whole career.