Via Barry Bloom -
“He’s a player in waiting,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday as his team opened its home spring schedule with an 8-2 loss to the Pirates at George Steinbrenner Field. “We have [Alfonso] Soriano, [Carlos] Beltran, [Brett] Gardner and [Jacoby] Ellsbury currently ahead of him. He obviously provides a great deal of speed and defense and is a contact hitter. He’s going to be a choice for [manager] Joe [Girardi] off the bench. And that could be a very important role for us.”
Asked if Suzuki would be on the Yankees’ 25-man roster for the April 1 season opener in Houston, Cashman added: “Oh, no question. Yes!”
Let’s face it, the last time Ichiro was an above average player was 2010. And, in the last 3 years, he’s gotten worse each season.
Granted, he does have some useful skills coming off the bench – fielding, base running, and the ability to make contact. But, will he be happy in that role? Time will tell.