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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: Baseball, Brian Cashman, Ichiro Suzuki, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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