Yankees will re-sign Ichiro

I’m not really sure how to frame this report. According to multiple sources, first coming from WFAN’s Craig Carton and confirmed by both Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman, the Yankees will re-sign Ichiro Suzuki, but do not have a deal yet. Apparently the contours of the deal are still under negotiation, and Heyman reports that Ichiro might get as much as a two year contract from the Yankees, which would be really strange. I guess the best way to put it is that the two sides apparently have an agreement in principle, and one thing that does appear clear is that Ichiro will be roaming the Yankee Stadium outfield in 2013.

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.

About Brien Jackson

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.

24 thoughts on “Yankees will re-sign Ichiro

  1. I like the idea of potentially giving Ichiro a 2 year deal, of course it depends on the dollars. Just my opinion but if the Yankees do sign Ichiro for 2 years I think you can scratch Granderson from the Yankees roster for 2014 and he will probably be gone this year, maybe before spring training. There might be some legs to those "rumors" that said the Yankees were entertaining trading Granderson.

  2. I don't think that would be the case. In any event the Yankees in 2014 will be looking for a 4th outfielder, Ichiro can fill that need then if necessary.
    As it stands now not counting Ichiro the Yankees will have 8 players who's contracts expire at the end of 2013 (that's not counting players they may not tender): Granderson, Cano, Kuroda, Pettitte, Youkilis, Rivera, Hughes and Chamberlain. That's an alwful lot of bodies to have to replace or have to re-sign in one off season. Now if you added Ichiro to that list that would make 9 players. I know Cashman's good but that's almost a Herculean task even for Cashman. And let's not forget Girardi's contract expires also at the end of 2013. What does his future hold?

  3. Ichiro looked to be in phenomenal shape. He's playing in a smaller ballpark, which should enhance his power and if he's playing RF, there's less room for him to navigate. Thus if we're worrying about wear and tear, it probably won't be that big an issue.

    This is the definition of a NOW team. And you've got a bunch of motivated older players. Hopefully Father Time stays away in 2013.

  4. I don't understand why they would give Ichiro a two-year deal, but not Martin. There are plenty of alternatives on the market to the declining Ichiro, but few to the much younger Martin. I know that people are excited about Ichiro because he had a big double-header and a few hits against Detroit, but the fact remains that Martin has been a better offensive player the past two seasons and is a catcher rather than a corner outfielder. Baffling move.

  5. I like Ichiro on a 2 year deal IF the contract is frontloaded so that 60-70% is paid in the first year. As others have mentioned, if he continues to slide, having 5-7million on the books for 2014 for a 4th outfielder hurts.

    The other odd thing of the idea of a 2 year deal presents the question of whether they intend to get rid of Grandy. 2 years means 2 years of he and Brett in the OF with a center fielder to be named for 2014. At the asking price that is likely to pop up, I don't see the Yanks offering Grandy another contract given that they will have to eat every free dollar to keep Cano.

  6. not sure why grandy doesn't get a lot more respect in this town…sure he had a terrible playoff run, but he is always classy, handles the media perfectly, and is a true ambassador for the team and league…if hip-rod hit 43 HRs, would anybody even mention his average?…let's hope curtis sees the eye doctor before spring training, gets some contact lenses, and gets back to hitting 280 or above once he is actually able to see the ball…if that happens, the discussion will be a lot different