Yesterday’s rumors had Ichiro Suzuki and the Yankees talking about the possibility of up to a two-year contract, but it looks like it will be a one-year deal just like the others, according to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.
Initial reports this offseason was that Ichiro was looking for a two-year deal, but the Yankees have been insistent on one-year deals this offseason and have not offered a single player a multi-year offer. So far Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Hiroki Kuroda, and Kevin Youkilis have signed one-year pacts and there is a long list of players who they never had serious contract negotiations, but would have liked to have signed, because they wanted two-year contracts or longer. Their own Russell Martin and Nick Swisher fall into the latter category.
The Yankees have been resistant to multi-year offers as they try to get to a $189 million payroll by the 2014 season. They already have roughly $75 million tied up with three players, another $9.5 million option for Derek Jeter and they want as much financial flexibility as possible going into next offseason.
Once the Yankees land Ichiro they’ll have an all left handed hitting outfield along with Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner so they’ll likely target a right handed hitter to compliment them. Feinsand lists Cody Ross, Scott Hairston, Matt Diaz, and Delmon Young as possibilities, although he admits Ross and Young are long shots (they are – extreme long shots).