Yankees trade for Ichiro Suzuki

The Yankees landed Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki in a trade that sent minor league pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar to Seattle, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network.

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.

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7 Responses to Yankees trade for Ichiro Suzuki

  1. Greg Corcoran says:

    Great trade. Obviously I had hoped for someone who would be a game changer, but Ichiro will do. Hitting in the better lineup, with a shorter porch, and motivated to play for a championship, he could end up being a major steal.

    Minor detail, Farquhar did pitch in a bunch of games for Double-A Trenton before his appearance in Triple-A.

  2. Greg Corcoran says:

    Also, Ichiro's overall stats don't look great this season, but his stats against righties are much better (.278/.318/.411) I'd like to see him get on base more though.

  3. AYankeeFank says:

    He's not a Gardener, but he is as close as someone can be. At 38, odds are he will get hurt in the field.

    • No, he won't get hurt. Ichiro probably takes better care of himself than any player in the game today. The man is limber. Surrounded by better players, under the bright lights of NYC, Ichiro will respond. He always has. I hope he is appreciated.

  4. dirtywater says:

    Did Cashman get the medical reports from Seattle THIS time?

  5. Bronx_Knight says:

    Wow. Did anyone see this trade coming?

    Strictly on paper, this was not a very compelling trade. Ichiro's numbers fell way off in 2011, and have continued to decline this year.

    But this is a trade where the "intangibles" make up for the numbers. Ichiro can still move, can still get on base, and, in the twilight of his career after years of losing in Seattle, he may be reinvigorated at the prospect of a World Championship with the Yankees. Maybe a little like Wade Boggs with the Yanks in '96.

  6. Bronx_Knight says:

    It was a beautiful little moment last night, when Ichiro went to hit for the first time in a Yankees uniform, at the stadium where he has been venerated for the past 11 years. A standing ovation from the crowd, which Ichiro responded to not merely by removing his hat, but by bowing, Japanese-style, three times, in three different directions, to the fans who have supported him for the past decade. His eyes seemed to be glistening as he did so. One of those classic little moments that baseball gives us.

    Then, for his first at-bat as Yankee, he promptly banged out a little single and stole second.