Ichiro: The Return

It looks like Ichiro Suzuki will be a Yankee once again in 2013 and possibly 2014, if the rumors that are spreading around Twitter are true.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted:

ichiro, yankees deal will be for between $12-13M, still working on structure.

It’s unclear if the deal is for one year or two years.

More from Heyman:

ichiro had 2 outside offers for more $, but he told the #yankees he wants to be a yankee. so he agreed to stay a nyy.

Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News added:

Source: Ichiro not only has 2 yr/$14M offer from Phillies, but 2 yr/$15M offer from team believed to be the Giants. Will take less from NY

So all of that stuff about Ichiro being impatient and not wanting to wait for New York was a bunch of hooey since according to the reports, he’s taking less money to remain in Pinstripes.

Now, let’s hope he’s the Ichiro of August – October 2012 and not the Ichiro of 2010 – the first half of 2012.

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5 thoughts on “Ichiro: The Return

  1. Are they really willing to give 2-year-deal and keep Ichiro until he turns 41? Perhaps he will be useful as a 4th outfielder/ defensive replacement/ pinch runner by then, but I don't think paying him $14 is really worth it

  2. having Ichiro on the team as a 41-year old player with diminished capacity from 10 years ago is probably a greater fan draw than any other player on the team not named Jeter. But that is just my opinion.

  3. Exactly, this is a business decision…

    Having Ichiro on the team helps to put some japanese american fans in the seats, always helps sell merchandise and eye balls to the screen…

    strictly from a winning standpoint this should be a 1 yr deal, they went 2 to get it done

    • I think that's an astute observation. Ichiro helps a lot with marketing to Japanese fans, so the net cost to the team is offset by additional revenue from that base.

      Obviously, I don't know what kind of player he'll still be in 2014, but the fact that he wants to win with the Yankees more than he cares about how much money he makes tells me he's going to work his butt off (and also puts him one up on the Steinbrenners these days).

  4. Ichiro will break the 3,000 hit mark, he will do it in a Yankees uniform, and he will do it on Japanese NHK TV in front of millions of Japanese fans!