Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/20/14
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SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki, the face of the Seattle Mariners franchise for over a decade, is now a New York Yankee. Ichiro asked for a trade through his agent, Tony Attanasio, just after the All-Star break, and this wasn't your standard trade-deadline deal. With a salary of $17 million this season, Ichiro isn't for just anybody. He's not even for general managers. Most of the initial back-and-forth was done at the very upper level of the Seattle and New York organizations. Only later were general managers Brian Cashman of the Yankees and Jack Zduriencik of the Mariners brought into the loop. In the end, the Yankees got Ichiro for minor league right-handed pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. Seattle also sent an undisclosed amount of cash to the Yankees. Ichiro came to the Mariners in 2001 and redefined the relationship between Japanese and American baseball. Before his arrival, a few Japanese pitchers had made the jump across the Pacific, but no position p...
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