Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/25/12
When Ichiro Suzuki was traded to the Yankees partway through last season as New York fortified its roster for a late push, he had to agree to move to left field and hit lower in the batting order before the deal was approved. Now, Suzuki appears to be willing to give up even more to return to the club. Suzuki is a free agent with plenty of options, considering the 39-year-old rebounded well last year after moving from the lowly Seattle Mariners to the contending Yankees. In 67 games with New York, he batted .322 and showed flashes of his MVP ability both at the plate and in left field, where he had no problem adjusting after playing right for most of his MLB career. His ability to hit, contribute in all facets of the game and fill in gaps with a veteran presence means he’ll have plenty of suitors this offseason. But Suzuki says he’d prefer to return to the Yankees — and he’s willing to wait, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. “[The Yankees] are going after pitching first, which is what the Yankees normally do,” said Tony Attanasio, Suzuki’s agent, according to the Post. “There has been a lot of interest [from teams], but he enjoyed playing for the Yankees so much it’s hard for him to say no to the Yankees. His preference is to stay there instead of going someplace else, but we will wait and see.” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is reportedly working on bringing back closer Mariano Rivera and starter Andy Pettitte, both veterans who would just need to work out details with the team at this point. But their agreeing to definitely return and at what price is what will set the dominoes of other pitching questions into motion, including whether last year’s closer, Rafael Soriano, will be pursued as a relief option.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

McCloughan a possible candidate for Bills' GM vacancy?

Rockies-Diamondbacks game included a broken-bat homer and the longest homer of 2017

Report: Texans wouldn’t take Jay Cutler’s calls

Albert Pujols mocks Rangers pitcher after beef

Top 10 takeaways from the 2017 NFL Draft

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mitchell Trubisky booed at Celtics-Bulls game, for some reason

Larry Bird's sudden exit adds to uncertainty surrounding Paul George, Pacers

Nationals Adam Eaton out for season with torn ACL

WATCH: Isaiah Thomas talks trash about Bulls on court during Game 6

Jets WR Devin Smith to miss all of 2017 with torn ACL

WATCH: Seahawks use scuba diver to announce 2017 NFL Draft pick

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

Box Score 4/28: NFL Draft gets younger every year

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

Marshawn Lynch gives an already-spurned city hometown appeal

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker