Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/23/12

SEATTLE - The Yankees acquired right fielder Ichiro Suzuki from the Mariners in exchange for minor-league right-handed pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Fahrquhar. Seattle also sent an undisclosed amount of cash to the Yankees.

Ironically, the Yankees and Mariners opened a three-game series at Safeco Field on Monday, with Ichiro changing uniforms and dugouts before the game. However, he will not wear No. 51 for the Yankees, which was last worm by Bernie Williams.

Ichiro is batting .261 this season with four home runs and 15 stolen bases. Manager Eric Wedge moved him from the leadoff spot to the No. 3 hole in spring training, but Ichiro returned to the leadoff spot with Dustin Ackley struggling atop the order and Ichiro not hitting well with men in scoring position. Ichiro was then moved to the No. 2 spot in the order earlier this month.

As the Mariners continued to fall further out of the playoff picture in the American League, Ichiro and agent Tony Attanasio approached CEO Howard Lincoln and asked that he consider trading the 10-time American League All-Star.

"On behalf of our ownership group and everyone in the Seattle Mariners organization, I thank Ichiro for the great career he's had here in Seattle," Lincoln said. "Ichiro knows that the club is building for the future, and he felt that what was best for the team was to be traded to another club and give our younger players an opportunity to develop.

Suzuki, 38, has played with Seattle ever since he joined the Major Leagues from Japan in 2001. This season he is hitting .261, which would be his lowest season batting average in his 12 Major League seasons.

Mitchell has pitched 4 1/3 innings for the Yankees this season with a 3.86 ERA, and had a 5.04 ERA in 15 games, 14 starts, for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Fahrquhar was claimed off waivers by the Yankees last month after he was designated for assignment by the A's. Both players will report to Class AAA Tacoma. Neither is considered a top-level prospect.

The Yankees designated Dewayne Wise for assignment to clear a roster spot for Ichiro.

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