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Other teams have offered Ichiro two years, says person who is clearly not Ichiro’s agent

Dec 13, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

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This is interesting:

According to several industry sources, Ichiro has strongly indicated to other teams that have offered him two-year contracts that he is returning to The Bronx.

“He had two-year deals for $15 million from two other clubs,’’ a person familiar with the situation said.

Call me crazy, but I think that person familiar with the situation just may be Ichiro’s agent.

Guess we’ll know how seriously the Yankees take this when Ichiro eventually signs, almost certainly with them. My guess: they call the bluff and he ends up with a one-year deal.


  1. shynessismyelguapo - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    All hail Ichiro and all…

    …but who on earth would give a 2 year deal to a 38 year old corner outfielder coming off back-to-back sub .700 OPS seasons?

    • genericcommenter - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      You missed the memo. According to many posters here, a guy with a little speed who gets on base 30% of the time and doesn’t strike out much is better than a guy who gets on base 36% and hits a bunch of home runs, because the guy who gets on base more and gets big hits also strikes out.

      • retief1954 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

        Ms fan here… what was NYY fans’ assessment of Ichiro’s performance with the Yankees? Here in Seattle, he had become almost a non-factor, an unpleasant daily reminder of what he USED TO DO for the Mariners, but no longer was able or willing to do. It was a huge relief for us when it came out that he understood he didn’t fit here anymore and needed to get out of the way for fresher, younger talent. Not necessarily the philosophy in NY.

      • louhudson23 - Dec 14, 2012 at 7:25 AM

        His numbers as a Yankee were significantly better than his most recent history in Seattle. He also remains a consistent fielder with a strong arm. He does not seem to have the “lose it in the lights and then unnecessarily dive” move down very well,however…

  2. The Baseball Gods - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Buster Olney is reporting that Ichiro will be turning down a two year $14 Million offer from the Phillies when he signs with the Yankees.

    • The Baseball Gods - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      Not that I really want to believe anything Buster Olney says.

    • pisano - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      I call bullshit, he’s not going to turn that kind of contract down, especially at 39 years old.

      • lazlosother - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        Don’t know if it’s BS or not, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he left money on the table. He’s made tons of money and now he wants to win, of the teams he is talking with he may feel NY gives him the best chance. Kuroda definitely left money on the table to sign with NY, Ichiro doing it would be no more surprising.

      • djpostl - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        Lol, dude can go back to Japan and make commercials until he’s 113 for all the money in the world.

        I can easily see him leaving money on the table, winning is only thing that motivates him right now.

      • dan1111 - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        Ichiro has never won (or even been to) the World Series. The Yankees are (alas) the team where old superstars go to get their rings, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he took a lesser deal to stay with them.

    • jayquintana - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      I can believe that. In and of itself, his baseball production might not be worth $7 million, but signing Ichiro raises your team’s profile in Japan — and that might very well be worth the money.

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