Latest On Ichiro, Yankees

Ichiro Suzuki strongly wants to re-sign with the Yankees, a person close to the free agent outfielder told Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Ichiro enjoyed playing in a winning atmosphere with players in his age range this past season, Sherman reports. It sounds as though Ichiro could be retained for a one-year deal in the $5-8MM range.

The Yankees still intend to build around left-handed power, Sherman reports. This will make it difficult to accommodate both Ichiro and Brett Gardner without shifting Gardner to a reserve role. Yankees GM Brian Cashman recently said the Yankees will have a better sense of how Ichiro fits in their plans when they hold their upcoming pro scouting meetings.


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85 Comments on "Latest On Ichiro, Yankees"


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Eric
2 years 8 months ago

It’s nice to hear that he is happy in New York. This is one M’s fan that appreciates what he did for the Mariners over the years, as well as what the M’s did for Ichiro (granting his trade request).

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MB923
2 years 8 months ago

This will make it difficult to accommodate both Ichiro and Brett Gardner without shifting Gardner to a reserve role

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Not if Swisher is gone, because then it’s Gardner in LF, Granderson in CF, Ichiro in RF. Obviously Ichiro and Gardner are both LHB who lack power, but Cano and Texeira (when he faces a RHP), and obviously Granderson, bring power from the left side. They can also sign a LH DH with power such as Ibanez again, although I don’t know if they’ll go in that direction.

Obviously 2/3rd of the Yankees OF have little to no power but those 2/3rds are 2 of the best defensive OFers in the game.

Guest
2 years 8 months ago

you would definately need a strong back-up outfielder alsoi.e. Raul ibanez comes to mind, but a younger version

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Dan Gorgone
2 years 8 months ago

An OF *younger* than Ibanez…. oh, Bernie Williams!

Guest
2 years 8 months ago

” The Yankees still intend to build around left-handed power ”
unless there is some buzz in the front office in replacing swisher with josh hamilton. hopefully it wont happen, but who knows.

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LazerTown
2 years 8 months ago

Wouldn’t mind seeing hamilton, I just don’t want them to overpay for him. If they can get rid of soriano and swish that instantly creates room for his salary.

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Jon Taddeo
2 years 8 months ago

God forbid we get Hamilton…You’re talking about a guy who isn’t even allowed to carry money on his person because of his addictions to drugs and alcohol…You have any idea what it would do to him to put him in the middle of this city? He’d lose it within a week

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rkmarx
2 years 8 months ago

I love Ichiro, but he is nowhere near one of the best defensive OFers in the game. Speed doesn’t mean you’re a great defensive OFer. Per BR, Ichiro has a TOTAL DWAR of 3.8 over 12 seasons, only once having a single-season DWAR above 1.0. That’s nowhere near one of the best in the game. He had -1.1 as a Yankee in 2012 (SSS).

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MB923
2 years 8 months ago

Ichiro was 6th in UZR amongst all OF this year. 2011 was his first and only year with a negative UZR

Guest
2 years 8 months ago

I still refuse to believe that defense can be accurately measured by any stat.

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FS54
2 years 8 months ago

Yeah, all those gold gloves were gifts from some other player.

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davbee
2 years 8 months ago

Yeah, probably gifts from Jeter…he hasn’t deserved any of the ones he’s won in recent years.

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MB923
2 years 8 months ago

Maybe 2009, but that’s all

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rkmarx
2 years 8 months ago

Gold Gloves? That’s your argument?

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East Coast Bias
2 years 8 months ago

Why would you move Gardner from CF to LF? He’s the best defender in the league, leave him in CF and shift Granderson to LF, keeping Ichiro in RF.

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MB923
2 years 8 months ago

Id be all in favor of that but I doubt the Yankees do it so that’s kind of why I didn’t say it

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Dan Gorgone
2 years 8 months ago

Seems like it could be a win for both sides. He gets to keep chasing 3000 hits and the Yanks get a real talented player they can put in each OF spot.

Member
2 years 8 months ago

Though maybe I’d rather see him elsewhere so I wouldn’t have to root for the Yankees, I’m happy if he’s happy where he is. I want to see Ichiro thrive and play like the ballplayer he is, and if that requires a highly competitive environment – as his numbers as a Yankee suggest – New York is certainly the way to go. Seeing Complacent Ichiro on the Mariners or another likable-but-challenged team < seeing Competitive Ichiro on the Yankees, in my opinion.

Guest
2 years 8 months ago

you do not need to root for a team because of a player

Member
2 years 8 months ago

I chose to root for the Yankees in the postseason this year because, as a fan, I want Ichiro to be able to get that ring he desires. What kind of a fan would I be to Ichiro if I wished failure upon everyone around him? What good does that do for him if they fail? None–it puts him back into the situation that he was in with the Mariners. Neutrality doesn’t help either because, again, the team succeeding seems to be the key to his vigor and success at this point. If I truly want Ichiro to succeed to the highest degree, I have to want his team to succeed.

Guest
2 years 8 months ago

I like it. What does it mean shift Gardner to a reserve role? Really? They aren’t pursuing Swish so move Ichiro to his vacant RF spot. Now you got Ichiro, Grandy, & Gardner in the OF

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LazerTown
2 years 8 months ago

I really don’t see gardner being a backup at this point in his career. He is an established CFer that has great speed, and can get a .350 obp. Over the past 3 years he has been better than ichiro. The Ichiro trade was good because he was hurt, but he is healthy now. More likely they trade him than benching him.