Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 7/23/12
The New York Yankees stunned the baseball world -- and, indeed, the world -- Monday by acquiring Japanese icon Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners. Ichiro became an instant sensation when he arrived in the United States in 2001, winning the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards. But now the 38-year-old outfielder is likely to be a role player with the Yankees. Most ironically, the trade occurred just prior to the start of a series between the Yankees and Mariners at Safeco Field. The potential exists for a highly emotional moment when Seattle fans see Ichiro in a New York uniform, after collecting all of his 2,533 hits as a member of the Mariners. The deal became official around 6:30 p.m. ET Monday -- or 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Japan, meaning many fans in Ichiro's homeland woke up to the news. The Yankees sent right-handers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar to Seattle in the trade. The Mariners sent included cash in the deal; Ichiro is owed more than $6 million over the remainder of this season. Ichiro has a .642 OPS in 95 games this season -- the lowest mark of his career. He began his career with 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons, including a record 262 in 2004. Check back with FOXSports.com for further updates on this developing story.
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