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Ichiro would prefer to stay with the Yankees

Nov 24, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

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Ichiro is drawing interest in free agency following a resurgent final two months of the season, but his agent, Tony Attanasio, told George A. King III of the New York Post that the veteran outfielder would like to stay with the Yankees. In fact, he’s willing to wait out contract talks with Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera if need be.

“They are going after pitching first which is what the Yankees normally do,’’ Tony Attanasio, Ichiro’s well-respected agent, said yesterday. “There has been a lot of interest [from teams], but he enjoyed playing for the Yankees so much it’s hard for him to say no to the Yankees. His preference is to stay there instead of going someplace else, but we will wait and see.’’

Nick Swisher is also a free agent, so the Yankees have a void in right field at the moment, but hard to see them committing to Ichiro and Brett Gardner as full-time players next season. While it would give them one of the best defensive outfields in the majors, they will likely want some more punch in their lineup. With that in mind, King hears that the Yankees have talked with Scott Hairston‘s agent and aren’t against bringing back Raul Ibanez.

Ichiro, 39, batted .322 with five home runs and a .794 OPS in 67 games after coming over from the Mariners in July. Still, he would need to take a steep pay cut from the $17 million he made this past season in order to remain with the Bombers.

  1. uyf1950 - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Considering the way Ichiro played for the 2 plus months he was with the Yankees I would love to see him return as the full time right-fielder for about $8MM plus maybe an extra million on PA incentives. He can steal bases, he’s shown he can still hit for average and has enough power with the right-field porch in Yankee Stadium to make some noise. It makes all the sense in the world for the Yankees to re-sign him on a 1 year deal. It might even be worth it for the Yankees to have a 2nd year team option. I don’t see the Yankees re-signing Granderson for the 2014 season a 2nd year option will allow the Yankees to only have to replace 1 outfielder after 2013 instead of 2 if they only offer Ichiro 1 year with NO option.

  2. cur68 - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Crikey. Please let Ichiro walk, Cashman. That guy is so clutch he craps clamps. Clearly playing for stats in Seattle was no longer a thrill for him. Being on a contender sure re-invigorated him, though. I’d way rather he was on some other team, preferably an NL team. I hear Da Feesh have some open spots in their out field? Whatever. So long as he’s not a Citizen of The Empire, I’ll be real glad.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      The Red Sox also have several openings and you can’t really call them a contender anymore. But I’m glad he wants to stay with the Yankees.

    • Old Gator - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      Gator the philologist here.

      Cur, please extrapolate upon the idiomatic construction “that guy is so clutch he craps clamps.” I suspect this is a bit of medical industry jargon but I want to be sure, as I love the look of it even in terms purely of its graphemes, find its autosuggestability quotient as high as the percentage of spread factor in a gaboon viper bite, and plan to use it again, gleefully, as soon as the correct context arises.

      • cur68 - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        Uh…wut? er…yeah, “gaboon viper bite”, right. Uh…what’s a “gaboon viper”? Nevermind: wikipedia provides. Jeez, that thing’s ugly…and deadly, too. Note to self: avoid sub-Saharan Africa.

        Uh…”medical industry jargon”? Er…no I don’t think so. Amendment: Ichiro is sooooo clutch….he wipes his ass with steel wool to get rid of his cling ons? Too gross? Yeah, too gross…uh…lets try this without the bathroom…Ichiro is sooooo clutch he has to grease his bat handle so he can drop it after a hit. There. Use that one.

        Think Loria would pay $10mil/year for him? I think he could be a Feesh for $10mil.

      • badintent - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        Translation : an enema in an enigma

        Ishiro gets the standard $7 million contract with another $2 million in incentives plus the usual Wagyu beef steaks( $900/kilo or $ 450 a pound) at Japanese steak house on Yankees ‘s tab.Domo arigato

      • crackrocksandotterpopz - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:29 AM

        You sound like Damien Sandow…

      • tuberippin - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:13 AM

        How high are you, cur68? Loria’s entire payroll is barely going to touch $20-25 million….what makes you think he’d pay Ichiro $10 million per year when he can get a bunch of league-minimum players and pocket the extra cash?

    • indaburg - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      “…so clutch he craps clamps.” The vivid imagery, the use of alliteration, the phrase is in pentameter. You, sir, have the soul of a true poet.

      (I agree. Get Ichiro the hell away from the AL East.)

      • cur68 - Nov 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        I pull out all stops when it comes to The Empire making a and move.

      • cur68 - Nov 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        Stupid autocorrect…how do you turn that off? I can live with my misspellings but this random word thing will only lead to trouble…

        That should of course read: “The Empire making a BAD move”. Why is it that autocorrect never gets the word you REALLY want?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Nov 25, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      please stick with hockey, at least that sport is dumb enough where even you can follow along.

      • cur68 - Nov 26, 2012 at 1:51 AM

        Pay him in peanuts, folks. He’s pretty good for a trained monkey, eh?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        you can also stick with nascar, im sure even a total moron like you cur68 can follow that sport as well. You know get all excited over the car wrecks and drool over yourself? Come on you do that now.

  3. Jeremy T - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    It’s not the “traditional” arrangement, but the Yankees have plenty of power in the places that don’t provide it as often, 2B and CF. With the questionable state of the rotation, getting a shutdown defensive outfield could be a great strategy for NY. I’m all for it, with the added possibility of re-signing Raul and mostly using him as a PH/DH type.

  4. cackalackyank - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Make it so! Sign Ichiro ASAP. Need guys to get on base not just strikeout and hit homeruns. A three run HR is sooo much nicer than a solo shot don’t you agree? Also, some extra defense in the OF ahould not be ignored. Imagine that… the guy WANTS to play on a winning team…go figure huh?

    • genericcommenter - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      That would make sense, but Ichiro isn’t exactly the best at getting on base. Most of the sluggers that Yankees had were pretty good at getting on base in addition to striking out and hitting homers.

      Ichiro had a 2 month resurgence last year, but overall he has been below average at getting on base and scoring runs the last 2 years. Even during his resurgence, Swisher, Chavez, A-Rod all got on base more and Ichiro barely got on base at a higher rate than Teixeira.

      • genericcommenter - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        I really don’t know how people could downvote the objective fact that Ichiro, who was 16% below average on offense the last 2 seasons, does not get on base.

        Ichiro does not get on base at a high clip, has never walked much, and his ability to get on base on dependent on speed, not something that usually bodes well for guys pushing 40. The last 2 seasons with Seattle his On Base % were .288 and 310. That does not equal a guy who “gets on base” in any sense.

        Objectively, if you say a guy who “gets on base”, that means a guy like Swisher. Sine he, you know, gets on base at a higher clip than Ichiro. PLUS hits for power. Striking out and getting on base a lot are not mutually exclusive, obviously.

  5. sykose - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Reblogged this on Sykose.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Ichiro may or may not be the answer, but I sincerely hope Scoot Hairston and Ibalez the outfielder are not influencing these decisions. Gardner, Ichiro and Granderson would be a snappy defensive OF, and all being left-handers, they could let someone like Hairston p[lay against lefty starters and rotate those guys to the bench.

  7. thedudeabides422 - Nov 24, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Right, why would a team that could only hit HR’s and had a disastrous average with runners in scoring position possibly want Gardner and Ichiro. Knowing cashball he’ll spend about 90 mil on a guy like Adam Dunn.

  8. Gardenhire's Cat - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Funny, I read this same write up here:

  9. BigBeachBall - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Ichiro would look better wearing brown and yellow

  10. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 25, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    ever notice anyone who is still a decent player never wants to finish their career with the bluejays? Or better yet nobody ever says “i want to go to toronto for a chance to win a ring”. That last part was really funny, man i crack myself up at times.

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