Ichiro Suzuki has made no secret that he wants to return to the Yankees next year and they are confident that they can re-sign him despite the fact that he’s going to have to agree to a large pay cut from the $18 million he made last season, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
It makes sense that the Yankees would have interest in Ichiro as they are trying to trim payroll to $189 million by next season and they could probably re-sign him to just a one year deal rather than offer other free agents multi-year deals. He is 39-years-old after all and even though he hit .322/.340/.454 in 64 games in Pinstripes, he hit .268/.302/.342 in his last 256 games with the Seattle Mariners.
No word on how much Ichiro will want though. The Yankees will resist giving him a big contract, but they might settle for something in the $8-$10 million range just to avoid handing out a multi-year deal. Yankees GM Brian Cashman could go slow with negotiations though to wait and see what other teams are offering him to make sure he doesn’t overpay.