Ichiro wants to stay a Yankee

My guess is that, if the Yankees had their druthers, Ichiro Suzuki would be their starting right fielder when Openin Day rolls around this spring. According to Joel Sherman, that would be just fine with Ichiro himself. Sherman reports that someone close to Ichiro told him that the Japanese superstar loved his time in New York, particularly “playing in a professional, winning atmosphere.” He also expresses doubt that money would be an impediment to a deal if the Yankees want him back, noting that Ichiro deferred money on his last contract to make staying in Seattle possible.

On the other hand, Sherman also noted that the Giants are likely to have a lot of interest in acquiring Ichiro, and that they tried very hard to trade for him back in July. He also expresses skepticism that the Yankees would really have both Ichiro and Brett Gardner starting in the outfield, as they’re still a team built around power. My guess is that, thanks to the difficulties of complying with ownership’s austerity dictates, that won’t really be an issue now. After all, if the Yankees were that hungry for power, they wouldn’t essentially be letting Nick Swisher just walk away, would they? The free agent is market is also pretty thin on power hitting lefties, so unless the Yankees can swing a trade for Justin Upton, I’m pretty sure they’ll be just fine giving Ichiro another shot after the way he played in pinstripes this year.

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Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

16 thoughts on “Ichiro wants to stay a Yankee

  1. Player A: 177 H, 68 R, 12 HR (46 XBH), 12 BB, 51 K, 34 SB — .340 OBP / .454 SLG
    Player B: 146 H, 75 R, 24 HR (60 XBH), 77 BB, 141 K, 2 SB — .364 OBP / .473 SLG

    The first is Ichiro, if his Yankee stats were extrapolated out to 162 games.
    The second is Swisher, with his full body of work this year.

    Oh, right: Swisher was -12 DRS / Suzuki was +12 DRS (at least with SEA).

    Now, I love me some Nick Swisher — really I do. And I'd totally prefer Swisher to Granderson (assuming the eye thing checks out fine for him), but if Ichiro performs at that level compared to Swisher for 1/3rd of the money or so? That seems to be a no-brainer? We all saw what motivation did for Jeter this year…

  2. Not sure if he is willing to take a one year deal with the possibility of being a platoon player once he goes into a slump or if the yankees acquire a bat come trade deadline

  3. I'd prefer Swish – even with his swoon – but not on a 5+ year contract.

    We have younger guys coming up – if Ichiro will sign on for a year, I'm good with it. SSS and all, but while he was here, he had the team's best batting average, didn't he? (if not best, he was second – still works for me) I'll take a guy who gets on any day of the week over a guy who strikes out 5 times, and then hits a random home run.

    Power's cool – but getting on base is not a bad thing.

    otoh, should Mr. Suzuki want a multi year contract – RUN.

  4. Building around power=building around strikeouts. Gardner in center Ichiro at a corner and get someone else for the other,even if its a short term.Trade Granderson.

  5. Over the past couple of days I've read where the Angels are NOT likely to re-sign Torii Hunter. He would seems like a pretty good choice for the Yankees outfield on a 2 year deal. It also might allow the Yankees to let Granderson walk after the 2013 season. They could make Granderson a qualifying offer after the 2013 season and get a draft choice when he turns it down.

    It means assuming they don't want to re-sign Ichiro for the 2013 season. The Yankees could go with an OF of: Gardner, Granderson and Hunter for 2013.

  6. I would take Swisher over Granderson everyday… I love Gradys power, just wish he was a base stealing threat. Swisher is a switch hitter, can play first and would be cheaper then Granderson. Being able to play first is a big plus. Give Tex a full day or, or just a half, still have a good glove to cover down for him at first.