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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. dondada10 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Gotta figure his days of being a full-time player are done. He’ll platoon with Jones in left.

    I don’t know anything about the prospects going to Seattle, but this seems like a solid move for the Yanks.

    • syracuse451 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      D.J Mitchell is #5, maybe a little more at Safeco, and Farquhar is a non-prospect recently DFA’d by Oakland.

      • dondada10 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

        Thanks. Go Cuse! (class of ’07)

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:42 PM

        Poor Danny Farquhar. His head must be spinning at the amount of times he has been moved this year.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:21 PM

        Farquhar was originally a 10th round pick by the Jays in 2008. In 2009 he was traded to Oakland. In 2011, he was traded back to Toronto and had an unsuccessful ML debut in September. In 2012, he has been on the roster’s of Toronto, Oakland, NYY and now Seattle. He must be asking “What did I do to deserve this?”

    • simpleinterest2 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      Thank God!
      Yea Mariners!
      As long as we (Seattle) got at least a “A” ballplayer and got rid of most of that
      $16,000,000 per year for a rapidly fading single hitter with that unbelievable OBPA, it was a super sweet deal. Additional by subtraction !
      This should have happened earlier and would have except for blind exceptionally prideful Japanese owner.
      Next great step for the Nintendo owner to sell.

      • smorris793 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:19 PM

        Seattle is actually paying most of the salary, I think the Yankees are on the hook for about $2 million.

    • montanaspokane - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM

      Icharo would be a solid move for any team. Probably the end of the careers for the two players that got traded to Seattle unless Trader Jack trades them to some other team.

      Just remember that Trader Jack and Eric Wedge came from Milwaukee Brewers who are basically non-existent just like the Mariners. Pretty Pathetic that the wonder boys from Milwaukee haven’t helped the Mariners since they got here. Losing a lot of loyal fans for sure.

  2. hojo20 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    I wonder if he’ll wear Bernie’s #51.

    • pisano - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      hojo…according to MLB channel, they (Yankees) gave him #51

  3. Mr. Jones - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Reblogged this on Sports w/ KJ.

    • surefooted1 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      DIAF.

      • number42is1 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:38 AM

        ESAD

    • florida727 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      I really hate these pimp/whores that have to use a popular site to beg for viewership on their dogsh*t sites, don’t you?

      • number42is1 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:38 AM

        hey dipshit….. when you hit the reblog option on top it automatically comments that you reblogged it… chill out..

  4. wetmorepsu12 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    dammit now the phillies have to find a new buyer for victorino.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      They probably have to lower their asking price for the little I-Talian too. From what I hear, it’s quite a big meata-ball.

      • bloodysock - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        You’re kidding, right? Victorino is of Portuguese, Hawaiian, Japanese, and Chinese descent.

      • dondada10 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:53 PM

        It’s flying Hawaiian, not Italian, you jerk-off. Aren’t you a Phils fan?

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:58 PM

        I’m pretty sure it’s Victorino the Gambino.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:12 PM

        Aren’t you a Phils fan?

        deathmonkey41 != drmonkeyarmy

        Confusing, i know

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM

        The Little Ragu.

  5. syracuse451 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Still hits righties (sort of), plays good defense, and still has enough speed to help a very slow club. Also allows Jones and Ibanez to go back to their natural DH platoon, and hopefully will prevent them hurting themselves in the field. For two non-prospects, it’s a great deal.

  6. yanks33 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    I dont think Mitchell was ever gonna be anything special and if im right didnt the Yanks just claim Farquhar off waivers like 2-3 weeks ago?

    • bloodysock - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      Yes, claimed from the A’s in late June.

  7. cur68 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    The Ichiro era is over in Seattle? Dang. Gonna miss him there. This is his best chance at a ring. I hope he’s great for The Empire.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      Another trade missed by the Internet. It is very interesting how many actual trades are missed by the so called baseball experts who are paid to cover the sport.

      • JustMeMike - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:32 PM

        Most Yankee deals at this time of the year come from out of left field. Probably was agreed on about 7-9 ago, when Gardner was known to need the surgery, and since they knew Yankees would be in Seattle, that allowed Seattle fans to give him a send-of rather than dealing him when the Mariners were on the road.

        But it is almost always the case that the Yankees add players and there was no discussion before hand. Lance Berkman and I-Tod come to mind.

    • Old Gator - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      Clearly, Ichiro wanted to be buried in pinstripes.

  8. Reflex - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Blows me away. I mean, I’m thrilled from a ‘rebuilding the Mariners’ perspective, he was a roadblock, but I’m still stunned it happened. Guessing it was his demand, no way he left if he didn’t want to leave.

    • bloodysock - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      It was all Jay Buhner!

    • pedagoguish - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:47 AM

      Rebuild? Rebuild what? The Mariners have been dog s*** for the past fifteen years and will be dog s*** for the next thirty.

      The Mariners told us everything they needed to say about their plans for future championships when they traded Cliff Lee within the division to Texas. The message: we have absolutely no intention of seriously competing for a division title in the foreseeable future.

      The Mariner ownership is content to maintain an exhibition squad here in Seattle. Their aspiration is to play something around .500 ball, draw maybe two million fans a year, and provide a venue for people from Walla Walla, Zillah, and Humptulips to come to the big city and see the Yankees, the Red Sox, or the Rangers play real baseball.

      • Reflex - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:13 AM

        Jack inherited what was the consensus worst farm system in baseball, and an aging, ineffective team saddled with bad contracts. Over the past few years he has rebuilt them into a top ten farm system, and gotten rid of almost all of the remaining big contracts(Chone Figgins being the remaining one that I can think of).

        My personal opinion is that if 2014 is not a year of serious improvement it’ll be time to end the Jack experiment. But I simply can’t blame him given what Bavasi, the worst GM in the majors for years, left him.

        Also, why is it a problem to trade Cliff Lee within the division when he’s on the last year of his contract and the M’s are not a contender? There was no reason to care that season since the M’s weren’t contending, and there was no reason to care about the future since at the end of the season Lee was free to sign with anyone(in or out of division). I am not certain what your logic is on that count, they got their 1B of the future out of the deal in exchange for a two month rental pitcher.

      • pedagoguish - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:42 AM

        Reflex,

        Here’s a thought. Perhaps the Mariners could have resigned Cliff Lee instead of trading him to a rival? What would the Mariners be with Cliff Lee, Felix Hernandez, and Ichiro to get on base and steal? Does the combination of Drysdale, Koufax, and Wills ring any bells with you?

        Pedagoguish

      • drewsylvania - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:55 AM

        Maury Wills is one of the most overrated players in MLB history.

      • Reflex - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        What would the Mariners be with Cliff Lee and Ichiro? Still a losing club. They’ve done the ‘fantastic pitching/no hitting’ thing for almost ten years now. How has that worked out? Finding pitchers who can pitch half their games in SafeCo is not a challenge. Finding hitters who can hit in SafeCo is the problem.

        Cliff Lee was traded for a top ten prospect with left handed power. Exactly the kind of power that actually works at SafeCo. He hasn’t worked out yet, although you’ll note that he was on pace for 25HR this year even though his BA/OBP were in the toilet. While this deal may or may not work out, it is *exactly* the kind of deal the M’s should have been making, and still should be making.

        They just did the same thing with Pineda, delt from an area of strength to try and gain in an area of weakness. Montero is not left handed, but he hits to the opposite field effectively making him a left handed hitter equivilent. Jack has also been drafting left handed power such as Nick Franklin and Dustin Ackley.

        Will it all work? Maybe, maybe not. But at least its a plan that makes sense, rather than Bavasi repeatedly throwing big money at players and then being shocked when the shotgun approach did not build a competitive team.

  9. phillyphever - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    WTH!!! Now that one’s a shocker.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      I hope the Red Sox can match this deal by trading for Steve Carlton.

      • Old Gator - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:44 PM

        But then you’re gonna be stuck with Tim McCarver as their radio voice….

  10. JustMeMike - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Granted the Yankees didn’t spend much – granted Ichiro isn’t what he used to be. But for a 2 month rental – he is a solid defensive outfielder, and he can steal a base. His main problem this year is that he can’t get to 1B very often – and 1B is the one base you can’t steal. Ichiro in RF, Swisher (when healthy in LF) and Andruw Jones/Raul Ibanez at DH.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      I don’t see how this move could possibly hurt.

  11. mike5606 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    maybe the mariners started to feel bad about Pineda..

  12. artthoumad - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    this is a much better decision than victorino. Ruben amaro must be pissed since he’s been asking for so much in return for hamels and victorino.

  13. gotampabay52 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    you got money spend it or trade for it Tampa nevers spends well good luck NY fu Boston

    • drewsylvania - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      Have fun in your ugly, empty stadium…

      • bozosforall - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:45 PM

        Since it took the Red Sox 46 years to top the WORST average attendance in the Rays 15 year history, idiot Boson fans like you need to shut the F up about mpty stadiums. And as far as UGLY stadiums, Fendump is the ugliest by far.

      • drewsylvania - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:58 AM

        We should all listen to what either of these clowns says WHY?

    • wendell7 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      stay classy, urteamsux52

  14. Walk - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Sorta feel sorry for mariners fans. Ichiro played for a long time for the mariners and played well. I was surprised to see this trade go down, but i am excited to see ichiro get onto the big stage in new york. I am also looking forward to the playoffs a bit more now that i know ichiro is wearing pinstripes.

    • beangrinder42 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      Don’t feel sorry for us Mariner fans. Ichiro has been a pain in the a$$ for years with his lack of concern for anything than his parade of seasonal 200+ hits. He seems to make no effort to advance runners when the situation calls for it, and he gives the feeling that he’s only playing the game for himself and whatever records he might chase. Bye-bye, Ichiro. Don’t let the door hit you in the…………

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:38 PM

        Mostly out of touch east coasters who gave you thumbs down. They don’t have a clue.

  15. jdillydawg - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    I will miss watching him in Seattle. No more “Ichi-meter.” But I’m happy he has a chance to win it all, even if he isn’t starting. He’s earned it, and even if were to play well into Jamie Moyer years, I can’t see him ever earning a ring here in Seattle.

    Ok, it could happen, I suppose. I’m just jaded…

  16. quizguy66 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    It’s stunning and it’ll be pretty crazy to see Ichiro in another uniform. I remember from my time out in Seattle that the fans really can’t the Yankees as well (not unusual of course). In a way, it’ll be good that they’ll be able to give him a proper goodbye since they play the Yankees for the next 3 games. But I bet the M’s faithful must be chewing glass at the thought of their hero playing for the Yanks. It’d be like Tony Gwynn not a Padre. Hard to process.

    -QG

  17. randygnyc - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    I’m disappointed that King Felix wasn’t part of this deal. The Mariners owe the Yankees over the Cliff Lee screwing.

    Anyway, I’m pretty sure Ichiro can regain some if not most of his old form for the next 9-10 weeks. There’s a lot to be said about leaving a team plagued with absolute failure and then moving to the absolute pinnacle of all sports.

    • Reflex - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      I wish Ichiro all the best. Probably the only thing good that would come out of a Yankees WS win. But yeah, keep dreaming on Felix. And the M’s owe the Yanks nothing. Its not thier fault the Yanks continue to make bad deals. Or that they couldn’t offer as much for Lee as the Rangers did. Blame their own travesty of a farm system.

      • Old Gator - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:47 PM

        It’s the weather. Everybody’s corn is rotting in the fields. And the price of ethanol? Sheesh…..

    • Michael - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:27 AM

      “moving to the absolute pinnacle of all sports”

      What? Ichiro’s going to Manchester United?

      As for the Cliff Lee “screwing,” the M’s gave you Pineda, what more do you want” :D

  18. denny65 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Well, at least the Yankees won’t have to petition MLB to put “Ichiro” on the back of his jersey.

  19. t3dstrik3r - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Where do you folks think Ichi is gonna bat in the lineup?

    • vallewho - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      9

  20. protectthishouse54 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    FTR, Ichiro is batting .297 away from Safeco this year. And with the short porch, it will be interesting to find out if the power we’ve heard about is actually true.

    • drewsylvania - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:40 PM

      He could hit ten HR in NuYankee over the balance of the season and it wouldn’t mean he has power.

  21. jon623 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Wowwww this makes me mad. I know I’m on record having said that Ichiro’s time in Seattle is done (and I stand by that statement), but we couldn’t get anything more than two bogus minor league pitchers for him? I will miss Ichiro in Seattle dearly. My first professional baseball game was a Mariners home game in 2001, Ichiro’s first year there. I know Seattle needs to rebuild, but normally you do that by acquiring talent, not pointless minor league names for the face of your franchise, no matter how old he is.

    • drewsylvania - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      Too bad Ichiro is terrible now.

      • jon623 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM

        I never said he isn’t. Doesn’t mean I’m not sad to see him go. I understand that it is in the team’s best interest, but I also would have liked to see them try to get something for Ichiro that will actually benefit their rebuilding.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:40 PM

        Like a right handed hitter in that Cracker Jack Box called Fenway. Think Bucky Dent, even though it hurts.

    • vallewho - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      Ms just saved 2 mil.

      • jon623 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:35 PM

        I know. But knowing them, they won’t know what to do with it. Here’s to hoping they actually put it to good use.

  22. drewsylvania - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Which is more likely–Ichiro is washed up, or Safeco is really that hard to hit in?

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      Red Sox fans are experts on “washed up” players. Think Beckett, Lester, Youkilis…uh, not Youkilis.

      • Old Gator - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:48 PM

        Youkilis doesn’t need to be washed. He needs to have his face planed.

  23. bigdaddycool50 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    He was an awesome addition to the M’s.
    He will be missed!

  24. buffalomafia - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Next a pitchet?

  25. SteelyMcBeam6 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Good. Yet another old ass player those Yankee fucks can have.

    • bigharold - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      ” … old ass player those Yankee fucks can have.”

      Yeah, WTF were the Yankees thinking, … another old guy. Like Colon and Garcia last season or Jones and Ibanez this year. The Yankees can’t make this work too, .. can they? I mean it’s not like the Yankees have the best record in basebal. Oh wait, .. that’s exactly what they have, .. never mind.

      The Yankees got just what they needed, .. a fourth OFer to take Gardner’s place defensively and on the base paths with no long term commitment. And, gave up practically NOTHING for it. Lets see if once he gets close to the post season if he actually has anything in the tank. I’m betting he does.

      Well done Cashman.

    • bozosforall - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:55 PM

      Yet another jealous ass Red Sox fan watching while the Yankees drive for yet another title while the lame ass Red Sox sh!t the bed once again.

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