Ichiro traded to Yankees
Whatever Cashman wants, Cashman gets.
Once again, it would seem, those darn Yankees have pulled off just the deal to suit their needs. According to YES Network’s Jack Curry, who was the first to break the news on Twitter, the Yanks will receive the former Seattle stalwart from the Mariners in exchange for minor-league pitchers Danny Farquhar and DJ Mitchell. The Yankees will also pay just $2.25 million of the approximately $6 million still owed to Ichiro this season.
The move was prompted by the recent revelation that sparkplug outfielder Brett Gardner would be lost for the season thanks to elbow surgery. Although Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez have filled in admirably in left field, the Yankees are concerned about the collective durability of the pair and are cautious of overusing either. Even with right fielder Nick Swisher nearing a return from his own stint on the DL, Yankee management still felt that acquiring additional help would be the most prudent course of action
Ichiro provides the Bombers with just the extra option GM Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi had in mind. Although his offensive production has dipped steadily in the last two years, Ichiro is still a solid base-stealing and extra-base hit threat. He can provide better defense than either Ibanez or Jones and provide better offense than defensive replacement Dewayne Wise.
In perhaps the most startling twist to this story, Ichiro batted eighth in his Yankee debut for last night–in Seattle, against the Mariners.