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:

“Several 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).

248 Responses to Yankees Acquire Ichiro Suzuki Leave a Reply

  1. financialuproar 3 years ago

    It’s cute how Yankee fans still think Ichiro is good.

  2. Ichiro was the instigator. He demanded a trade

  3. HaloeD 3 years ago

    time to switch dugouts tonight LOL

  4. radicalhenri 3 years ago

    as a yankee fan, not sure how i feel about this. in terms of actual value, including contract, the yankees probably lost. in terms of revenue, and gaining/ losing fans, the mariners just made an awful, awful trade.

  5. Cedric Lee 3 years ago

    so if i owned a team and offered the mariners a bag of baseballs i could have had a chance at landing ichiro?

  6. BurtisHB 3 years ago

    I’m just glad it’s the Ichiro of today and not 10 years ago. Still a great trade and on the quiet.

  7. Griffey requested a trade and specifically to the Reds, which gave the Mariners little bargaining power. Randy Johnson wanted to be traded as well.

  8. AcePPO 3 years ago

    Not a bad move for the Yankees. More like a “meh” move.

  9. PWNdroia 3 years ago

    Wow, did not expect this. I think Ichiro will do wonders in New York. If only the Yankees had starting pitching, they’d be scary.

    • ARod's Ring 3 years ago

      Yankees have the 2nd best ERA in the AL lol

      • Nicholas Koch 3 years ago

        lol and theyre looking for starter better than hughes. lol

      • PWNdroia 3 years ago

        In the bullpen, yes. Overall, probably. But not the starters.

        • MB923 3 years ago

          Starters have the 3rd best ERA in the AL behind Oakland and Tampa. Not bad for a team many said had medicore pitching and who also plays in a band box.

          • PWNdroia 3 years ago

            Based on career stats, their only reliable pitcher is Sabathia. Kuroda is pretty good too, but the others are only half decent in terms of career years. The pitching is more heavy on NL teams like the Giants and Nationals. The Yankees pitching isn’t horrible (better than I thought), but I just don’t see them matching up in the postseason. Rangers are very similar in that they have a great bullpen, possibly a better offense, but slightly worse starting pitching than the Yankees. However, I do see the Yankees trading for another starting pitcher (like Cole Hamels) which very well could put them on top of all other teams.

          • MB923 3 years ago

            Mark my words, the Yankees will not and SHOULD NOT get Cole Hamels. The best pitching on paper does not always win. Their rotation is fine. No it’s not the best in baseball but a great lineup and solid bullpen helps win playoff games too (look at Tex and St. Louis for instance last year)

          • PWNdroia 3 years ago

            True, nor does the best hitting or bullpen always win. But any ways you can make a team better will increase the chance of winning. Maybe Hamels isn’t the best option, but another capable starting pitcher will only make the Yanks have a better chance at winning. You are certainly right about having a great bullpen, that will provde much help parring the bullpen isn’t tired (which is why starting pitching helps).

  10. ARod's Ring 3 years ago

    This has to sting his former teammates across the field tonight:
    I’m going from a team having the most losses to a team with the most wins, so it’s been hard to maintain my excitement.” – Ichiro
    I did LOL though..

  11. Wilsonl 3 years ago

    link to mlb.mlb.com

    Ichiro says farewell to Seattle07/23/1207:09Ichiro Suzuki expresses his gratitude to the Mariners’ organization and their fans upon being traded to the Yankees

  12. Giorgi Almonte 3 years ago

    wow, the most unespected trade this season….

  13. Taylor Hope 3 years ago

    I like this trade

    -Signed M’s fan thinking logically who knows Ichiro is 38 years old, has a .288 OBP, a WAR slightly above 1, and wants a 15 million a year extension

  14. Taylor Hope 3 years ago

    Lol what? Two other guys who wanted trades?

  15. so ny basically traded linsanity for ichironic

  16. I totally saw this one coming.

  17. Wes Whitenack 3 years ago

    Ichiro, I will always cheer for you regardless of what team you play for. You were an amazing act to see him and wish for a ring for you.

  18. MaineSox 3 years ago

    What?! You walk away from the computer for a couple hours and the whole world flips upside down.

  19. Even as a rental, this is a huge surprise to me—and in the New York sports landscape, actually this is the lesser of the two surpries.

  20. Christian Zilko 3 years ago

    Any news on the 10 year, $150 million extension they’ll give him tomorrow?

  21. Christian Zilko 3 years ago

    Any news on Ichiroll?

  22. Patrick the Pragmatist 3 years ago

    Thanks for all you have done for the Mariners. Good luck in N.Y.C. Ichiro.

  23. Nicholas Koch 3 years ago

    you guys all complain about the seattle management but your forgetting that ichiro requested a trade so that he give younger guys a chance to develop.This wasnt about the organization, it was about giving ichiro what he wanted. IF you are truly a mariners/ichiro fan you would be happy this Future HOF actually has a chance at Championship now. Ichiro will not get worse going the yankees. THE HOF player will be the HOF player we was in seattle. All should be happy for him.

  24. Joseph Chae 3 years ago

    I’m a yankee fan but I was amazed when I read this…. I guess he can hit decently but the age …… still better with him 😀

  25. $17867741 3 years ago

    Diaaaaaaammmnnnnnnn straight.

    Seriously didn’t see this coming…

  26. $17867741 3 years ago

    Goes to show that GMs operate in a very secretive fashion.

    But reporters have to report on something, so they always talk about the obvious. Then boom. OMG I DIDN”T SEE IT COMING.

    It’s like that every year, but I guess this year has been a little bit more surprising than usual.

  27. VegasANGELSFan 3 years ago

    It IS a super soft fabric, it makes anything possible.

  28. Stoibs 3 years ago

    Well the Yankees didn’t get much here. We all know Ichiro has been declining for awhile now. Again, it depends on the money moved. I just can’t see Cashman taking on that much salary right now. I would think they would have to though with the players they gave up. I would think the Mariners would have at least gone after Adams or Marshall. Interesting to say the least.

  29. rainyperez 3 years ago

    Well I’ll think about this way Ichiro now has major protection hitting in front of him and Ichiro is going to have fun with that right field wall.

  30. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    Yeah… a very PROUD future HOF probably on his last season joining a team in 1st place in NYC and possibly headed to the playoffs. No reason to think he might be amped up going from a last place team to this one. Would not be shocked to see him come to life. If not…what did we lose again?

  31. asovermann 3 years ago

    Ichiro doen’t put the Yankees above any other team in terms of favorites to win it all.

  32. MB923 3 years ago

    He was being sarcastic obviously

  33. That’s funny, the yankees do have the prospects to get felix….

  34. Justin Lindsay 3 years ago

    Wikipedia is not an academic source of information.

  35. vtadave 3 years ago

    So everything on Wikipedia isnt’ true?

  36. KB 3 years ago

    when wise was on the jays he had his moments just like now. if you start to play him for a full season you will realize he just isn’t that good.

  37. LazerTown 3 years ago

    IMO, the Yankees got a bigger upside than the Mariners. Ichiro could turn it around, DJ isn’t really much more than a backend rotation guy if anything.

  38. Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

    Only the stuff on Stephen Colbert’s page.

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