Yankees acquire Ichiro Suzuki
By QMI Agency
|Seattle Mariners leadoff batter Ichiro Suzuki connects to ground-out to Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (not pictured) during the fourth inning of their American League game at Safeco Field in Seattle earlier this month. (REUTERS)
Ichiro Suzuki, a mainstay of the Seattle Mariners for a dozen years, was granted his wish Monday for a trade.
The 38-year-old fan favourite was dealt to the New York Yankees for a couple of minor-league pitchers, D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar, who will report to triple-A Tacoma.
"On behalf of our ownership group and everyone in the Seattle Mariners organization, I thank Ichiro for the great career he has had here in Seattle," Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln said in a news release.
He said Suzuki's agent, Tony Attanasio, approached Mariners management a few weeks ago and requested a trade.
"Ichiro knows that the club is building for the future, and he felt that what was best for the team was to be traded to another club and give our younger players an opportunity to develop, Lincoln said.
The outfielder had spent his entire major-league career in Seattle after arriving from Japan in 2001. He has a career average of .322 with 99 homers, 633 RBI and 438 stolen bases. He hit just .261 this season with the Mariners.