Ichiro Suzuki Traded to New York Yankees for Prospects

Ichiro Suzuki was traded to the New York Yankees for prospects hours before the Mariners host the Yankees in Seattle.

Maybe the New York Yankees are tired of watching Andruw Jones pretend to be a right fielder. Maybe the injury to Brett Gardner has the Yankees nervous. Maybe the Mariners feel like they owe the face of their franchise the opportunity to play for a contender. Either way, Ichiro Suzuki is headed to the New York Yankees for prospects at the end of his contract year. Yankees fans should beware of trades with the Seattle Mariners, though. Cliff Lee appeared headed to the Yankees once upon a time, and Michael Pineda hasn’t exactly panned out.

Ichiro is far from the player he once was. Last year was the first season Ichiro failed to make the All-Star team, accumulate 200 hits, or hit .300. This season has been slow as well as Ichiro is batting just .261 with 105 hits. However, those statistics all come on one of the worst teams in baseball. Inserting Ichiro into the best lineup in baseball will surely fix his declining production. With protection from any combination of Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Robinson Cano – Ichiro might as well be hitting .400.

Additionally, Ichiro Suzuki immediately becomes the second-best outfielder on the Yankees. With Brett Gardner likely out for the entire season, Suzuki is a great pick up. It’s not like money is an issue for the Yankees, and at worst the Yankees acquired a defensive upgrade for Nick Swisher, Raul Ibanez, and Andruw Jones.

At best, the New York Yankees traded for one of the best players in baseball. If Ichiro can rebound down the stretch, he’ll be a valuable asset at the top of the order. He lends stability to one of the weaker outfields in baseball while joining the best team in the American League. Ichiro gets the opportunity to contend while the Yankees fill a desperate need. Additionally, New York gave up very little to reportedly acquire Ichiro. Two prospects, DJ Mitchell and Danny Farquhar, were all it took to land the 38 year old in the final year of his contract.

The New York Yankees risk very little by trading for Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro is declining, but so is current starting left fielder Raul Ibanez. The Yankees can happily eat Ichiro’s contract while experimenting with an aging superstar. With protection from the Yankees lineup, Ichiro could easily return to the form of his first ten seasons. At worst, the Yankees acquired a capable outfielder for two prospects and a smile.

Mark Donatiello
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