Ichiro, 38, has struggled offensively for the second consecutive year after an amazing first 10 seasons in MLB. Over 95 games so far this year he is hitting .261/.288/.353. Still, the Yankees got themselves what they were looking for – an outfielder who can provide both speed and defense – and they didn’t give up a whole long to make it happen.
Mitchell is clearly the biggest name out of the two pitchers. Rated the No. 16 Yankees prospect by BBD in June, he was considered a solid prospect, but has shown more and more that his ceiling in the Bronx was that of a middle reliever. In 85.2 innings in Triple-A this season, Mitchell had a 5.04 ERA, a 7.6 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and at the age of 25, he was running out of time to contribute in Pinstripes.
Farquhar, also 25, has barely pitched for the Yankees organization making just one appearance with Triple-A after being claimed off waivers from the Oakland Athletics at the end of June. He actually started the season with the Blue Jays, but was traded in April for David Purcey. In 51.1 innings overall with three different organizations, Farquhar had a 3.33 ERA, a 9.5 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9. Not bad numbers at all. He pitched in three games with the Blue Jays last season and had a 13.50 ERA to show for it.
Curry reported that the Yankees will also get an undisclosed amount of cash that will at least partially cover the remainder of the $17 million Ichiro is owed this season. He will be a free agent at the end of the season and the Yankees are not eligible for a compensation pick if he leaves.