Ichiro returns for 2 more seasons with the Yanks
Ichiro turned around his 2012 season when he was traded to the Yankees. He played 95 games on Seattle and his numbers were not impressive (.261 BA/.288 OBP/.353 SLG and only had 28 RBIs). Compare that to his 67 games on the Yankees (.322 BA/.340 OBP/.454 SLG with 27 RBIs) and you have a different story. He was a rejuvenated player on a winning team and his performance on the field showed it.
So, why did it take so long for the Yankees to sign him? Well, I guess December 14th isn’t so long, but it has seemed to have taken longer than it should have. Perhaps part of the reason was the Yankees entire offseason approach. They wanted to lower their payroll (as seen by not attempting to resign Martin) and then zero in on pitching (as seen by resigning Pettitte and Kuroda). After that, they wanted to lay low and wait for players to come with them. So, Ichiro waited.
However, the waiting seems to be over. Jon Heyman, of CBSSports.com, repor...