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UPDATE: Deal done: Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees agree to a two-year $13 million deal

Dec 14, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT


UPDATE: Done deal. Heyman reports it’s a two-year, $13 million deal.

Thursday, 9:24 PM: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the two sides are close to finalizing a two-year deal worth between $12-13 million. Just the “finishing touches” remain.

Thursday, 5:24 PM: Amid rumors that other teams have offered Ichiro Suzuki two-year deals Jon Heyman of reports that the 39-year-old outfielder is expected to re-sign with the Yankees for $12-$13 million.

Heyman makes it sound like all but a done deal, writing that the two sides are “still working on structure” before it can be official.

Calcaterra speculated this morning that the reports of two-year offers were an effort to get the Yankees to cave and give Suzuki two years, but it sounds like they’re sticking with the one-year commitment.

  1. fanofevilempire - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    that’s a lot of Yen…………..

    • tampajoey - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      1,002,960,000 Yen

  2. jayquintana - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    For one year?

  3. uyf1950 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    When Heyman reports on Yankees rumors it reminds me of that State Farm commercial where the guy tell the girl somewhat sarcastically that “if it’s on the internet it must be true”.

  4. cackalackyank - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Wow, it is a lot of $. I have been fine with the idea of Ichiro-san being a Yankee, but I was at one year 9-10 million and incentives. I am also on record as saying this seems to be an off season for overpaying guys…just a tech.

  5. dkphilly1122 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    The Phillies offered him 2 years 14 million dollars……so definitely one team offered him two years for whatever reason . I wouldn’t want him at his current age for 7 mill for two years. That’s a risk for what?? Mediocre. That money is better off spent elsewhere for any team. Pitching comes to mind.

  6. shynessismyelguapo - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:13 PM


    He’s turning 39 years old and coming off the two worst years of his career. The past two years combined, he’s posted a lowly .308 OBP and a .670 OPS. Most 39 years old don’t bounce back…ever. Sure, there is a chance he could do a bit better and be a solid contributer, but $13-$14 milllion in guaranteed money is a serious overpay.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:05 PM


  7. yankeepunk3000 - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    so wait its 12 mil just for the year? I was hoping he would get two so he might get a shot at 3000

    • genericcommenter - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      In 2 years he doesn’t even have a shot at 3000, unless the team puts his individual success above the team. This is a guy who should be hitting at the bottom of the order, while being at least partially platooned, and is no longer a .300 hitter.

      I guess he could have a shot, IF the team let him lead off with a sub .300 OBP, refused to sit him against pitchers who completely outmatch him, and he hit .280 or so in 700+ plate appearances while swinging at everything.

      I hear Johnny Damon wants 3000, too.

  8. fanofevilempire - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    you fellas are so silly, do you know how much Yankee Hats and Jerseys will be sold
    in Japan…………………..

    oh boy!

    • uyf1950 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      …and the other 29 ML teams will be very thankful to the Yankees. Since MLB mandates that the revenue generated by the sale of those items is distributed EQUALLY between all 30 teams, I believe.

  9. IdahoMariner - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    i didn’t think the reports of him having offers for two years was a ploy on his agent’s part…i think ichiro really wanted to go back to new york and be on a contender again, and is cool with a year at a time at his age. he didn’t enjoy the crap he got at the end of his contract in seattle, i am sure – a lot of grief based more on what he was paid then on his down year. the trend this year has been toward shorter, bigger contracts, this one fits right in. if he has a great year, hey, he might be back. if not, then he can walk away with some grace. good for everybody.

  10. kkolchak - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Gonna be lots of Geritol and Metamucil given out in the Yankees’ clubhouse next year.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM

      Can’t wait for the group retirement party.

  11. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    a two-year deal worth


  12. historiophiliac - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Seriously, that pic says: “What did I dooooooo?”

  13. butchhuskey - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Ichiro does the “Home Alone” face

  14. temporarilyexiled - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    And so starts the Yankees’ youth movement.

  15. Gamera the Brave - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Nahhh, someone asked him to do his famous impression of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”

  16. jlovenotjlo - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    “How to Waste 13 Million Dollars” – a short story by Brian Cashman

  17. moogro - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    I wanted Ichiro to get a ring.

  18. mymaria2012 - Dec 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Reblogged this on mymaria2012 and commented:
    Hmmmmm. Im not so sure he’s worth the $13 mil…..but thats just my opinion. Of course, my saying has always been YANKEES SUCK. (just my opinion here tho. lol)

  19. cackalackyank - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Interesting dejavu feeling building…it has been over two days now…and this is still not on the official MLB or NYY site. They are still headlining the Youkilis signing…seems like at least twice now the Ichiro signing has been reported but not officially announced.

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