“They are all over him,” one source told Rosenthal. “That (a deal with Ichiro) will happen.”
Once the Yankees land Ichiro, Rosenthal is reporting that they will explore the market for a right handed hitting platoon partner. They have been interested in Scott Hairston throughout the offseason.
Rosenthal also notes that if the Yankees do sign Ichiro it would not stop them from signing Raul Ibanez either.
Obviously any signings would all be to one-year deal as the Yankees try to cut payroll to $189 million by 2014. This is having a major effect on 2013 as well as they are unwilling to add any payroll at all in the form of multi-year deals.