The New York Yankees, in an absolutely stellar move, have acquired Seattle Mariners former MVP outfielder and future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki for the small price of two minor league pitchers (D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar) and cash. The Yankees will only have to pay Ichiro $2 million dollars and Seattle will be on the hook for the rest of his salary.
Just an excellent move by Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman. The Yankees have learned that their speedy left fielder Brett Gardner is out for the season with an elbow injury and right fielder Nick Swisher left the weekend series against the Oakland Athletics with an injury, and they were possibly looking at using a combination of Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez in their corner outfield spots.
Now they have added an excellent hitter and defensive player, who has struggled this year with Seattle at the bottom of the standings as usual, but brings the Yankees exactly what they lack offensively without Gardner. Run production.
Ichiro is hitting just .241 with 15 stolen bases 4 home runs and 28 RBIs, however, you have to think that a trade to the best team in baseball will revitalize the normally excellent hitter, who has a career .322 average.
The Yankees play the Seattle Mariners in Seattle tonight, and there is a chance that Ichiro suits up in pinstripes tonight.
UPDATE: Ichiro Suzuki will start in right field for the Yankees tonight and bat eighth. LET’S GO YANKEES!!!