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Ichiro Suzuki enjoyed playing for the New York Yankees so much, he will be back with them again.
The Yankees and Ichiro were close to an agreement Wednesday, negotiating the final details of a free-agent contract, according to major league sources.
The question was whether the deal would be for one year, two years or one year with a vesting option for 2014, a source said.
Ichiro, 39, would join two other left-handed hitters in the Yankees' outfield, Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner.
The Yankees then would need a right-handed complement, presuming they do not trade Granderson, an idea the team is exploring, sources said.
The return of Ichiro would not preclude the Yankees from re-signing free agent Raul Ibanez, another left-handed hitter who likely would get most of his at-bats as a DH.
A one-year contract for Ichiro would fall in line with the free-agent deals that the Yankees have awarded this offseason to right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, lefty Andy Pettitte, closer Mariano Rivera and third baseman Kevin Youkilis.
The Yankees are trying to maintain payroll flexibility as they seek to get under the $189 million luxury-tax threshold for '14 - a move that would save them tens of millions under the new labor agreement.
Ichiro joined the Yankees last July 23 in a trade with the Seattle Mariners. The move helped revive him offensively: After batting .261 with a .642 OPS in 95 games with the Mariners, he batted .322 with a .794 OPS in 67 games with the Yankees.
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The New York Yankees are hoping to finalize a one-year deal with Ichiro Suzuki by the end of the week. Ichrio was acquired by the Yankees last season at the trade deadline from Seattle. After he was acquired Suzuki hit .322 in 67 games.
The now 39-year-old Suzuki appeared in 162 games last season. In each of his seasons in the majors he has appeared in 146 or more games.
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Nick Swisher may be closer to deciding on his next destination and the Phillies are one of the teams interested in Swisher, reports Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News: @yagottagotomo Indians, Phillies, Red Sox, Mariners, Rangers and Orioles all interested in Swisher. Big market for switch-hitting power OF....
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The Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League say they are set to sign veteran major league outfielder Andruw Jones.
The 35-year-old Jones became a free agent after playing for the New York Yankees the last two seasons, and the Eagles said he is expected to complete a deal after undergoing a physical.
Jones played in 94 games last season for New York, batting .197 with 14 home...
Mariano Rivera was at Yankee Stadium Wednesday, ostensibly to participate in the New York Yankees annual holiday food drive. But, as MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports, the biggest relief was earmarked for the Yankees themselves... Rivera expects to be the teams closer when the 2013 season opens.
"I don't see why not," Rivera said. "We have at least three...
Now that they have inked free agent corner infielder Kevin
Youkilis to a one-year, $12 million contract, the New York Yankees will shift
their attention to re-signing outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, reports Jack Curry of
the YES Network.
With Youkilis in the fold, the Yankees will next look to complete a deal with Ichiro. Source said that could happen in the next 48 hours.
Andruw Jones is set to take his talent overseas as he is close to signing a one-year deal with the Rakuten Eagles of the Japan's Pacific League, for around $3.5mm, the Associated Press (via ESPN.com) reports.
Jones played in 94 games last season for New York, batting .197/294/.408 with 14 home runs and 34 RBIs.
The five-time All-Star and ten-time Gold Glover has 434 home runs...
The Yankees have turned to an old rival to serve as Alex Rodriguez's replacement.
The team on Tuesday reached agreement with free-agent third baseman Kevin Youkilis on a one-year, $12 million contract, according to major-league sources.
The deal, which is pending a physical, will bring to New York a player who spent nearly his entire career with the Boston Red Sox.
The New York Yankees added to their depth, signing a backup catcher and infielder. The team signed catcher Bobby Wilson, who has spent the past five seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, to a minor league contract. Wilson, 29, has hit .208 in 191 major league games. Last season he hit .211 in 75 games,
Nick Swisher is being courted by as many as six teams. The team that may be the most aggressive in pursuing Swisher is the Cleveland Indians notes Jim Bowden.
The Indians traded away Shin-Soo Choo and would use Swisher as their everyday right fielder. He finished last season with a .272/.364/.473 line while hitting 24 home runs and driving in 93 RBI for the New York Yankees.
Oh Kevin….say it ain’t so! Well it looks like it is so. Another former Red Sox player is going to play in the pinstripes. Today the New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $12-million contract with the third baseman. Kevin Youkilis played for the Red Sox and White Sox last year. He had a batting average of .235 with 19 home runs and 60 RBI’s last season. I would think...
English: Kevin Youkilis(left) , Alex Cora(center), and Dustin Pedroia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For almost a decade if anyone heard Kevin Youkilis and New York Yankeesin the same sentence you can bet that it was not friendly banter.
So a week ago, when Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch confirmed the rumor of the Yankees making a $12-million, one-year offer to the ex-Red Sox, I honestly...
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free agent Kevin Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a one-year deal.
The contract is worth $12 million and pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.
The deal was first reported by Fox Sports.
Youkilis is expected to play...
There’s a good chance that Ichiro Suzuki‘s first year in the Bronx won’t be his last.
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are showing strong interest in re-signing the 39-year-old outfielder, with one source reportedly saying New York is “all over him.”
Suzuki, who was dealt to the Yankees in July, spent his first 11-plus seasons in Seattle, carving out...