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.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Prospective St. Louis NFL stadium gets $158 million naming rights deal

Former Gators legend Neal Walk dies at 67

WATCH: Astros give Buster Olney champagne shower

Hope Solo accused of slamming nephew’s head into cement

Astros pitch their way to 3-0 win over Yankees in Wild Card game

Report: Patriots work out RB Boom Herron


Karlos Williams suffered concussion in Week 4

Houston taped SMU jerseys to ground as motivational tactic

Lionel Messi cleared of tax fraud charges

Clemson WR Mike Williams 'likely' out for rest of season

Week 5 NFL game watchability rankings

Gregg Popovich makes LaMarcus Aldridge sit out practice

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.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

10 matchups to watch during NFL Week 5

Top 10 storylines for Week 6 of the college football season

Astros pitch their way to 3-0 win in WC game

Arrieta-Cole, objectively one of best playoff matchups ever

The controversy and numbers behind the 'CONCACAF Cup'

Why the Thunder starters need to stay healthy

Roddy White: I want to catch passes

Five questions about the 2015 AL Wild Card game

Bowling Green State coach saves motorist from serious injury

Bills defenders: Odell Beckham Jr. is a prima donna

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker