Ichiro Suzuki’s time in Seattle has officially ended.
The New York Yankees have acquired the Japanese legend from the Seattle Mariners for right-handers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquar.
Ichiro, 38, has seen his production declined over the last season and a half. His $17 million dollar price tag didn’t equal his value on the field. His batting average and on-base percentage are both career lows at .261 and .288.
He could find new life in New York with the short porch in right-field. He isn’t known for his power, but even the worst power hitters find themselves knocking a few out at new Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees miss the speed of Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher is currently dealing with a hip injury. They saw a need and made the most surprising trade this season.
Mitchell and Farquar aren’t top-tier prospects. Mitchell has seen time with the Yankees this season and has a minor league ERA in the mid 3.00 range.
Could this trade be Seattle’s way of making amends for trading an injured Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero last summer?
This was clearly a salary dump and the Yankees have the extra income to absorb some of Ichiro’s remaining contract. It is unknown the amount of cash Seattle is sending over in the deal.