Just one week ago, Ichiro Suzuki‘s agent said that he liked playing for the Yankees so much that he wait for them. Other teams were interested, but he would wait until they were ready to talk to him.
“As far as we are concerned we don’t care what the Yankees do,” Ichiro’s agent Tony Attanasio told George King of the NY Post. “We have had conversations with multiple clubs. If we see something we like he will go through with it.”
That was quick. Ichiro said he would wait and then just a week later has changed his mind which is a shame because it does sound like the Yankees are legitimately interested in re-signing him, but Brian Cashman prefers to be patient. He’s not going to jump and sign Ichiro when he hasn’t even gone to the Winter Meetings yet, not seen what else is out there.
The Yankees may get their chance to pursue Ichiro anyway. He’s 39-years-old after all and is coming off back to back seasons where he couldn’t even put up a .700 OPS. No doubt somebody will want him, but he doesn’t come without risks.