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Ichiro the Yankee: Mariners trade Suzuki to New York

Jul 23, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

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On a day filled with big trades and rumored big trades this one qualifies as the most shocking: Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees have acquired Ichiro Suzuki from the Mariners for minor league pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar.

Just last week Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik insisted that Suzuki would not be traded and the Mariners wanted to re-sign the impending free agent, but according to a statement released by the team the former MVP asked for a trade “several weeks ago.”

Suzuki is in the midst of a career-worst season at age 38, hitting just .261 with a .288 on-base percentage and .353 slugging percentage, but the Yankees are obviously betting on him still have some gas left in the tank as a replacement for Brett Gardner.

Anything can happen in a two-month window and obviously Suzuki can get hot in a hurry. Or at least the Ichiro of old could get hot in a hurry. Dating back to the beginning of last season he’s hit just .268 with a .302 on-base percentage and .342 slugging percentage in 1,144 plate appearances spread over 256 games.

Mitchell was the Yankees’ 10th-round pick in 2008 and made his big-league debut in May at age 25, projecting as a potential back-of-the-rotation starter or long reliever. Farquhar has similarly modest upside as a middle reliever and two weeks ago the Yankees passed him through waivers unclaimed.

In other words, the Mariners got a pair of non-prospects for Suzuki.

UPDATE: How’s this for drama? Ichiro will be in the Yankees’ lineup tonight … against the Mariners, in Seattle.

  1. flyeredup - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Who’s next, Ricky Henderson? Old as dirt. Horrible trade for Spankees

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:45 PM

      Henderson’s retired. Ichiro is not. Your analogy sucks.

  2. 454ss - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    are you guys on the rag tonight, you can’t cuss on this goddamn site, what the fucks wrong with you assholes, holy shit, calm your asses down.

  3. warrenlevine - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    How characteristic of Seattle’s pathetic sub-professional sports teams. Loyalty? What’s that mean? Loyalty doesn’t pay the rent.

    It’s no wonder 57% of Seattleites are damn sick and tired of paying stadium taxes that benefit the billionaire leeches who profit off our sweat. (refc. Seattle PI, 2011)

    I really do wish the owners of the Ancient Mariners and the incredibly talentless Shehawks would make like Robert Irsay and ship our teams off to Sweetgrass freaking Montana. Oh, and they can take the Canucks (contraction of CANnot win, team sUCKS) with them.

    This is what the Mariners’ logo should be:

    • Michael - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:19 AM

      Worst. Rant. Ever.

      You apparently don’t even know that the Mariners’ stadium is paid off. There haven’t been any stadium taxes for them since last year. (Gee, are people tired of paying X tax? Duh. The PI actually had to do a poll on that?)

      And the Canucks are from Vancouver BC, which is a city that isn’t a part of Seattle. Just thought you’d like to know that.

      That said, Howard Lincoln has pretty much been the constant in the past near-decade of on-field failure and off-field fan abuse.

      But banish all the teams just so you can enjoy your hacky-sack in peace? Well, as I said, stadium’s paid off, not much we can do there. Sorry.

  4. jon623 - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Seattle was incredibly loyal to Ichiro. That town and ball club idolized and worshipped him over the past 11 years. He was the face of their franchise. This was asked for by Ichi, no a ship off from his management. Combine the fact that they respect him and were going to honor what he wanted, and that this organization needs to start looking at their future and developing some young talent, and this wasn’t a bad choice at all. Before you start stumbling over your tongue and talking about things you don’t know, maybe read through the entire article instead of looking at just the headlines and the pretty pictures.

    • jon623 - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:12 PM


  5. pedagoguish - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Seattle fans have been totally classless in dealing with Ichiro’s departure. He is one of the greatest players in the history of our franchise, but the sports talk around here has been, “What have you done for me lately?” Both fans and talking heads have expressed their elation that Suzuki is leaving. Some have even vowed to boo him. Why? Are we so good that we have Hall of Famers waiting in the wings? What a bunch of bushers.

    Here’s the solution to Seattle’s problems. Seattle is blessed to have God’s gift to general managing in one Jack Zduriencik. To here it told around here, Zduriencik has built the greatest farm system in the history of baseball. Great! Here’s what he should do. Take the lowest rung of the system and fire everyone. Then move our single A farm team down to replace that entire squad. Our double A squad will become single A and the triple A squad double A. The entire Mariner major league team will move down to Tacoma to become what they really are, a minor league squad. To fill out the rest of the season, the Mariners can have an open tryout to select a new team. A couple of dozen local ballplayers will have their Field of Dreams fantasies realized, and the fans will see baseball that is no worse than what we have now.

    God bless you, Ichiro. You suffered here for a decade. Now you actually have a chance to win.

    • Michael - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:28 AM

      Well, those supposedly “classless” fans pretty much cheered him every chance they got tonight.

      My advice: stop listening to sports radio. It’s a cancer.

    • marinersnate - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:22 AM

      “Seattle is blessed to have God’s gift to general managing in one Jack Zduriencik. To here it told around here, Zduriencik has built the greatest farm system in the history of baseball”

      You just hit the nail on the head.The M’s will never win so long as they have this fool of a GM. Zduriencik is the darling of all the local statgeeks (with “Big” Dave “#6org” Cameron as guideon barer) because when Zduriencik was first hired he stated that he “employed a stats guy”. From that point on he can do no wrong in the eyes of the statgeeks. I have heard calls to fire everyone above Zduriencik. I have heard calls to fire everyone below Zduriencik. But NEVER Zduriencik himself. He is the one that puts this roster together. But hey, he “employs” a stats guy….

      Let’s look at some of the great moves that have Mr. Jack Zduriencik held in such high esteem:

      Signed Chone Figgins to a $36M contract. Yeah. I know.

      Traded a potential stud SP in Brandon Morrow for (now) middle reliever Brandon League. How’s that deal working out Jack?

      Traded Micheal Morse to the Gnats for Ryan Langerhans. Yes, THE Ryan Langerhans.

      Traded rental Cliff Lee to Texas for Justin Smoak (bust) and Blake Bleavens (bust).

      Traded a #2 starting pitcher to NYY for a platoon RH DH who can not hit RH pitching. (I guess it is not his fault that said pitcher blew out his arm trying to impress those important people in ST)

      Drafted Dustin Ackley #2 overall in the draft, and gave him a $7.5M signing bonus. Ackley is currently hitting .226.

      Traded starting pitcher Doug Fister to Detroit for AAAA players Casper Wells and Charlie Furbush.

      The list could go on.

      It is certainly understandable that Mr. Zduriencik is held in such high esteem. He has done a fine job so far. But, hey, he employs a “stats guy”. And how has he “rebuilt” the farm? Yes we have a couple of kids pitching at AA who look good. But no position players at all. If Mr. Zduriencik was paying attention he might understand that, perhaps, just perhaps, the M’s can’t hit! Grow a clue Jack.

      Glad I got that out of my system.
      /Rant Off

      As for Ichiro, he is a class act. He may be a shadow of his former self (we will see when he get’s enthused about actually playing for a good team) but he will always hold his head high. The Yankees are lucky to have him. I am not a fan of the Yankees (exactly the reverse) but I will always root for Ichiro. Good luck Ichi. Real M’s fans are behind you 100%. And we will never forget what you brought to this city.

  6. drewsylvania - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:01 AM

    Serious question: Why does literally every position player suck immediately upon arrival to Seattle?

  7. jackychilds - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    At least New Yorkers aren’t talking about Jeremy Lin anymore.

  8. freeagentsignee - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Welcome Ichiro! You know you are popular when you are one name.

  9. MikeBarbre - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    All you dissenters are a bunch of tools. Ichiro ASKED for the trade. Armstrong and Lincoln tried ot re-sign him. Multiple times. It was Ichiro’s decision to leave. Just once, actually KNOW your facts.

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