Ichiro Suzuki has spent all 11 of his MLB seasons with the Seattle Mariners until Monday. The veteran outfielder was traded to the New York Yankees per his request, for young pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. The Mariners will pay $4.5 million of Ichiro's remaining $6.7 million salary.
The 10 time all-star and gold glover requested a trade around the trade deadline, since he felt he was taking away playing time from the young players in Seattle. He also wants one final chance at winning the world series, since he hasn't been to the playoffs since 2001.
Suzuki's production has dropped dramatically the past two seasons. Before 2011, Ichiro had a batting average above .300 every single season. He also produced a 200 hit season every single year from 2001 to 2010. Last year Ichiro was under both marks with a .272 batting average and 184 hits.
So far this season he's batting .261, with an awful .288 OBP, and an equally as bad .640 OPS. Ichiro is on pace to have under 200 hits once again, but a new change of scenery may help. The Yankee Stadium short porch in right may help him hit home runs that he wouldn't hit at Safeco Field, and he'll have protection around him that he hasn't had in Seattle.
Ichiro made his Yankees debut last night at Safeco Field going 1-4 with a stolen base. The Yankees loss of Brett Gardner left a glaring need for speed and a defensive upgrade in left, and Yankees GM, Brian Cashman, filled the gap yesterday. Ichiro will play in Left Field and bat torwards the bottom of the Yankees' lineup for the rest of the season.
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