• Yankees <3 Ichiro

    Posted by on December 10th, 2012 · Comments (18)

    Via Ken Rosenthal -

    Ichiro Suzuki enjoyed playing for the New York Yankees so much, he likely will be back with them again.

    The Yankees are showing strong interest in re-signing the free-agent outfielder, according to major league sources.

    “They are all over him,” one source says. “That (a deal with Ichiro) will happen.”

    Ichiro, 39, would join two other left-handed hitters in the Yankees’ outfield, Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner.

    The Yankees then would need a right-handed complement, presuming they do not trade Granderson, an idea the team is exploring, sources say.

    The return of Ichiro would not preclude the Yankees from re-signing free agent Raul Ibanez, another left-handed hitter who likely would get most of his at-bats as a DH.

    The team also is waiting to hear on its one-year, $12 million offer to Kevin Youkilis, a right-handed hitter who would play third base while Alex Rodriguez recovers from surgery on his left hip.

    As for Josh Hamilton, the best free-agent hitter on the market, the Yankees are “kicking the tires,” according to a source, but at this point do not appear to be a serious bidder.

    I think Ichiro, if he plays full-time next season, will have an OPS+ of 95 or less. Obviously, the Yankees see something else.

    Comments on Yankees <3 Ichiro

    1. Raf
      December 10th, 2012 | 1:56 pm

      I don’t see him replicating the run he had last year, but yeah I can see him with an OPS+ at around 100.

    2. Greg H.
      December 10th, 2012 | 2:08 pm

      This probably means they move Granderson for a righty bat of some kind.

    3. December 10th, 2012 | 2:38 pm

      Greg H. wrote:

      This probably means they move Granderson for a righty bat of some kind.

      That would be a dream come true.

    4. MJ Recanati
      December 10th, 2012 | 2:52 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      That would be a dream come true.

      But since Cashman is so horrible at his job, he’ll get swindled in any Granderson trade and wind up with two bags of White Castle sliders and a small soda.

      I’m being facetious, of course. Just to drive home the point that you should always be careful what you wish for. You might hate Granderson but he’s been a productive player for the team.

    5. December 10th, 2012 | 3:13 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      But since Cashman is so horrible at his job, he’ll get swindled in any Granderson trade and wind up with two bags of White Castle sliders and a small soda.

      More than likely, true. But, you never know. He could get lucky. And, even if he gets fleeced, he’ll only lose a year of Granderson. This won’t be like when he was fleeced to acquire Granderson.

    6. Greg H.
      December 10th, 2012 | 4:05 pm

      I like Granderson, and I was okay with the trade that brought him to NY, but it was tough watching him whiff so many times. It’s time to shake up the roster.

    7. December 10th, 2012 | 4:10 pm

      The whiffs are terrible. But, the .319 OBA is worse.

    8. Evan3457
      December 10th, 2012 | 4:31 pm

      What the Yankees see is an average offensive, above average defensive player who can probably be signed for one year, at not too exorbitant a contract.

    9. MJ Recanati
      December 10th, 2012 | 5:28 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      This won’t be like when he was fleeced to acquire Granderson.

      LOL. And thankfully you’re not the GM because you thought so little of Austin Jackson that you were poo-pooing him a solid 18 months before his MLB debut.

      Gotta love the moving goalpost argument, though.

    10. Evan3457
      December 10th, 2012 | 5:45 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Steve L. wrote:
      This won’t be like when he was fleeced to acquire Granderson.
      LOL. And thankfully you’re not the GM because you thought so little of Austin Jackson that you were poo-pooing him a solid 18 months before his MLB debut.
      Gotta love the moving goalpost argument, though.

      MJ, it’s not Steve’s job to evaluate the talent on the Yankees and their opposition correctly. That’s the job of the organization and Cashman.

      Steve’s job is to criticize Cashman when the team’s evaluation of a player is wrong, even when it and Steve’s evaluation are in total or near-total agreement.

    11. MJ Recanati
      December 10th, 2012 | 5:48 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Steve’s job is to criticize Cashman when the team’s evaluation of a player is wrong, even when it and Steve’s evaluation are in total or near-total agreement.

      Thank you for the clarification. I suppose expecting an intellectually honest discussion of opposing points of view is more than I’m entitled to.

    12. December 10th, 2012 | 5:59 pm

      Ichrio sells T-shirts too, FWIW.

    13. Corey
      December 10th, 2012 | 6:46 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      LOL. And thankfully you’re not the GM because you thought so little of Austin Jackson that you were poo-pooing him a solid 18 months before his MLB debut.
      Gotta love the moving goalpost argument, though.

      Not to mention all the dumping on him when he was a prospect.

    14. Raf
      December 10th, 2012 | 7:26 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      But since Cashman is so horrible at his job, he’ll get swindled in any Granderson trade and wind up with two bags of White Castle sliders and a small soda

      I lol’ed at this…

      Anyway, let’s see if Jackson can sustain his success; I remember similar crowing after his rookie season in 2010.

    15. Evan3457
      December 10th, 2012 | 11:29 pm

      Raf wrote:

      MJ Recanati wrote:
      But since Cashman is so horrible at his job, he’ll get swindled in any Granderson trade and wind up with two bags of White Castle sliders and a small soda
      I lol’ed at this…
      Anyway, let’s see if Jackson can sustain his success; I remember similar crowing after his rookie season in 2010.

      I think he will, for a couple of years, anyway. He made significant progress in his command of the strike zone, and that’s a huge key for a young hitter.

    16. LMJ229
      December 11th, 2012 | 12:40 am

      Something’s gotta be done. This team is too lefty heavy, especially if we re-sign Ibanez. I understand the value of having lefties in Yankee Stadium but we also have to guard against being too one dimensional.

    17. December 12th, 2012 | 11:44 am

      I cannot believe the Yankees are giving Ichiro a two year deal. That’s soooooo dumb.

    18. Raf
      December 14th, 2012 | 7:37 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      I cannot believe the Yankees are giving Ichiro a two year deal. That’s soooooo dumb.

      Depends on the terms of the contract

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