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Ichiro Suzuki Expresses His Desire to Play Again for the New York Yankees

November 26th, 2012 at 1:00 AM
By Karen Vankat

Ichiro Suzuki's first choice would be to play again for the New York Yankees in 2013 as reported by George A. King III of the New York Post. Suzuki thrived in the Bronx after his exodus from Seattle batting .322 in 67 games and was a spark on the bases as well as in the field.

'Ichiro Suzuki' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

"They are going after pitching first which is what the Yankees normally do," said Tony Attanasio Ichiro's agent. "There has been a lot of interest [from teams], but he enjoyed playing for the Yankees so much it's hard for him to say no to the Yankees. His preference is to stay there instead of going someplace else, but we will wait and see."  

Suzuki got a taste of the playoffs for the first time since 2001 and really enjoyed his teammates and New York better than he probably thought himself. Ichiro proved he still is a productive player even at the age of 39 and could be the answer for the Bombers in right field with the departure of Nick Swisher.

Obviously, the Yankees won't be paying anywhere near the $17 million Ichiro made last year and would only be giving him a one year deal if they sign him. New York is adamant about getting under the $189 million payroll by the beginning of the 2014 season.

Right now general manager Brian Cashman is concentrating on getting the pitching in order with Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera being the top priorities at this time.

Except for right field and catcher the teams position players are pretty set so Cashman will probably take his time filling those two areas.

Ichiro quickly became a fan favorite who was embraced quickly by the New York faithful.

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Tags: Domenik Hixon, Football, Mario Manningham, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Super Bowl

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  1. The Original G Man says:

    Good.

  2. fanfor55years says:

    Good news. This could be one of those seemingly minor signings that becomes very important as the season goes on.

    Potentially helps our return game a lot. Potentially gives us a #3 or #4 receiver (assuming Mario leaves). Takes some of the pressure off the draft room to lean toward a punt returner/corner versus a corner who is better in coverage but not a returner. And he’s a guy everyone in the locker room loves. Domenick Hixon is a “chemistry” guy just like Blackburn and Grant, and at this point he’s a better athlete than either. You need some like those three as part of the championship formula. Teams don’t win with just superior athletes. The intangibles are important.

    Now get Thomas signed and we’re off and running.

  3. Foxlin21 says:

    Hopefully TT is next!

  4. LUZZ says:

    Glad to have him back. He can play in this league for sure. Would love to see the terms of the deal.

    Hixon, Jerigan and Thomas could be the most interesting camp battle we have.

    Come to think of it, here are a few battles off the top of my head that will be fun:
    1) #3 WR spot
    2) #3 CB between TT, Tryon, B Johnson, Coe, Witherspoon.
    3) OL – where does Diehl settle. G or RT or does he battle Beatty at LT?
    4) MLB is up for grabs
    5) 4th Safety will be interesting. Would be great if Chad Jones were competing for this role.

    • fanfor55years says:

      While it’s unlikely a rookie wins the #3 WR spot, don’t discount the possibility.

      Thomas would be competing for any spot on the depth chart from #2 to #4. I do not see him beating out Amukamara, but he’ll get that chance.

      I think MLB is Goff’s for the taking, but he will have to beat out stiff competition.

      I join you in hoping for Chad Jones, but I still doubt it happens. If only he hadn’t crashed that car. What a group of safeties we’d have: Phillips, Rolle, Jones and probably Sash. That would be ridiculous.

  5. BigBlueGiants says:

    He’ll be cut at camp.

    • fanfor55years says:

      Highly unlikely unless they draft a stud at WR, Thomas looks really good in preseason and Barden suddenly looks like a football player. Even then he may stick. Assuming Mario goes they will have Nicks, Cruz and Jernigan as “sure things”. That leaves at least three spots open. They could still fit Thomas, a draftee and Hixon on the team. All he has to do is beat out Barden, which may not be a high hurdle to jump. Hixon helps at receiver and on special teams. Barden doesn’t. Both are coming off injuries. I’d rather have Hixon.

      If Mario stays the story changes, but that currently looks unlikely.

      • GOAT56 says:

        Barden was healthy this year. He was just inactive. I can understand the preference as a player for Hixon. However, 2 ACLs means durability is a huge concern. He has to be much better than Barden under this scenario. I think Hixon’s best chance of being kept is as a 7th WR.

      • BigBlueGiants says:

        the 2 ACL thing is worrisome. Let’s see how that works during camp.

  6. The Original G Man says:

    Breaking: Former DC Gregg Williams implemented a bounty system on the Saints defense. NFL investigation says involves 22-27 players. Saints facing huge penalites.

    • The Original G Man says:

      NFL investigation of Saints began in 2010 when allegations were made that Saints targeted QBs such as Brett Favre and Kurt Warner.

      Investigation reviewed 18.000 documents totaling more than 50,000 pages. Commissioner Goodell will determine the discipline.

      Discipline for the Saints could include fines, suspensions and forfeiture of draft choices.

      • fanfor55years says:

        Sounds about right for a dirtbag team led by a dirtbag coach. Does anyone really think Payton didn’t know about this? If so, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

      • norm says:

        In light of all of the brand spanking new homes that were rebuilt in the Ninth Ward as a result, I’d argue that a wee bit of bounty hunting by the Saints defense was well worth it.

        • GOAT56 says:

          The ironic thing is that their defense hasn’t been good. If this was the Ravens or Steelers it would make more sense.

  7. norm says:

    Nice story and good to see the kid given another chance after the horrid run of luck he’s had in the NFL (and not just with the Giants. As a Bronco, he had been involved in the scary special team collision that left Kevin Everett paralyzed)

    That said, signing Hixon is just Jerry Reese doing what Jerry Reese does, i.e. bringing in players at a number he deems financially prudent. I’m sure Hixon signed what is likely a very cap-friendly deal involving little guaranteed $$. If he shows up and plays well enough to make the roster, it’s a big win for the Giants. If he does not, then he can be released without any serious cap ramifications. No harm, no foul.

    Not to beat a dead horse, but I think the same cold-blooded valuation process is what’s behind Reese’s apparent decision not to re-sign Chase Blackburn. If he’d truly cost at least double what a rookie or 2nd year player would make, then I doubt Reese wouldn’t see much percentage in signing him unless he thought Chase could be relied on for double the production of a 2nd year player like Herzlich – an unlikely prospect, to say the least.

    Looking ahead, I see other, similarly cheap, cap-friendly deals coming down the pike for players such as TT, Goff, Devin Thomas, and Justin Tryon.

  8. The Original G Man says:

    ff55y:

    “NFL investigations found that neither Mickey Loomis nor Sean Payton took action when apprised of the bounty system.”

    BOOM!

    • norm says:

      That team looks poised on the brink and is a decent bet to fall off the cliff in a major way.

      Negotiations with St. Brees not going well.

      Poised to lose Nicks, one of the foundations of their O-line, to free agency.

      And now Bountygate is casting a shadow of the futures of both the coach and GM.

      As the say down in N’Awlins… Laissez les bon temps rouler!

      • GOAT56 says:

        I’m shocked they are messing around with Brees. At his age he’s worth as much as any QB contract in the NFL. I can’t beleive the Saints didn’t know this.

  9. norm says:

    It sure will be interesting to see how well Spags can motivate a defense that’s grown accustomed to financial incentives for injuring the opposition.

  10. kujo says:

    Glad Hix is being given another shot, even if it means we will continue to suffer through the “Hicks” stuff.

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