OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 05: Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Seattle Mariners looks on during batting practice against the Oakland Athletics on Opening Day at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 5, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
The New York Yankees have acquired outfielder Ichiro Suzuki along with significant cash considerations from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Danny Farquhar and D.J. Mitchell, as first reported by Jack Curry of YES Network. The Yankees will be responsible for paying just $2 million of Ichiro's remaining salary for this season, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Again, its Ichiro and cash to the Yankees for Mitchell and Farquhar (correcting spelling).— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) July 23, 2012
I have learned that the #Yankees will pay just more than $2M of what is left on Ichiro's salary— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 23, 2012
Even though Ichiro has 10-and-5 rights, the Mariners didn't need his approval to trade him because he approachd management asking for a trade several weeks ago, writes Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.
"Several weeks ago, Ichiro Suzuki, through his long time agent, Tony Attanasio, approached Chuck Armstrong and me to ask that the Mariners consider trading him. 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.
The 38-year-old is hitting just .261/.288/.353 over 423 plate appearances this season. But the Yankees will be looking for his defense mostly, which he can still hold his own as well as anyone in the outfield.