• Who Says Ichiro Is Unwilling To Walk?

    Posted by on December 1st, 2012 · Comments (5)

    Via George King

    Ichiro Suzuki’s willingness to wait on the Yankees has declined to the point where the veteran outfielder is talking to other teams.

    “At the beginning we talked a lot but since that time, zero,’’ agent Tony Attanasio said of discussions with the Yankees. “As far as we are concerned we don’t care what the Yankees do. We have had conversations with multiple clubs. If we see something we like he will go through with it.’

    In a week’s time, Ichiro has completely reversed field.

    “There has been a lot of interest [from other teams] but he enjoyed playing for the Yankees so much it’s hard for him to say no to the Yankees,’’ Attanasio said a week ago yesterday. “His preference is to stay there instead of going someplace else, but we’ll wait and see.’’

    Of course, Ichiro’s reversal doesn’t mean he can’t return to The Bronx, where he was a fan favorite. Thanks to a torrid 14-for-20 stretch over five games in mid-September, he batted .322 in 67 games as a Yankee.

    Nor did general manager Brian Cashman eliminate Ichiro from the list of outfield candidates he will talk to about replacing Nick Swisher in right field.

    “I’m really not in position to comment, but our focus was first on pitching and see the amount of dollars we needed to secure pitching,’’ Cashman said. “Now we’ll focus on players who want to talk to us.’’

    That could be an indication the Yankees are likely to attack right field through free agency, because the trade market doesn’t present many matches appealing to the Yankees attempt’ at getting the 2014 payroll to $189 million.

    What’s the market these days for 39-year old slap hitters? (And, yes, I know, Ichie had a September to remember last season.)

    Seriously, where is Ichrio going to move to, Houston? Tampa? Pittsburgh?

    Comments on Who Says Ichiro Is Unwilling To Walk?

    1. Greg H.
      December 2nd, 2012 | 2:43 pm

      I loved the trade for Ichiro last year, and I would enjoy watching him as a Yankee this year, but the fit isn’t there. He was acquired to fill in for Gardner last year, but we have to assume that Gardner will be doing that this year.

    2. Greg H.
      December 2nd, 2012 | 2:44 pm

      Actually, he fits as a 4th OF, and then only if we find a starting RF who bats from the right side.

    3. PocketAces
      December 3rd, 2012 | 11:45 am

      I can’t figure out why people are down on Ichiro: He has a work ethic/provides approx. 175 hits a year/character

      Yes, I know character doesn’t win games……but neither does some of the other crap I have witnessed in the Bronx the past couple years.

      With the A-Rod surgury & Jeter ankle, the Bombers need power, but put him at the top/bottom of lineup and let him get on base.

      He still has a cannon for an arm and plays fantastic defense.

      Con: He has limited power/age

      Pro: He still gets hits/great outfielder

      Seriously,sign him and either sign Chavez (hope he doesn’t hit the DL for very long) or find an alternative

    4. Greg H.
      December 3rd, 2012 | 10:08 pm

      @ PocketAces:
      I was thinking about this. Kind of like shooting the moon in hearts – what if the Yanks shoot the moon and go for the oldest possible team to win the WS. Trade Cano for prospects. Trade Granderson for prospects. Trade Gardner, Hughes, Nova, Phelps, and every young player for prospects. Then sign every aging vet we can for 1-2 years. Go geritol for 1-2 seasons, then switch over to the training wheels.

      Just kidding – sort of.

    5. Corey
      December 3rd, 2012 | 11:28 pm

      @ PocketAces:
      i feel like they are as less likely than ever to resign ichiro now that A-Rod is hurt. You need to make up the offense in the outfield. Man I hope a Justin Upton trade somehow happens.

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