Update: Yankees have not re-signed Ichiro


12:33am: Erik Boland hears there is “no truth” to the report, so the Yankees have not re-signed Ichiro. Joel Sherman says there’s aren’t even serious talks ongoing.

8:36am: According to Nikkan Sports (translated article), the Yankees have re-signed Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year contract worth $5M plus incentives. Sweeny Murti, however, says it is just a rumor and not a done deal. No offense to the reporters overseas, but I have more trust in the local scribes. That price certainly passes the sniff test though.

Ichiro, 39, has indicated he “strongly wants to stay” with the team and is willing to wait for them to take care of other offseason business first. If the Yankees do bring him back as the primary right fielder, adding a right-handed hitting outfielder for the bench will be an absolute must. The same goes for a big bat at DH, because they’re going to be losing quite a bit of offense by replacing Nick Swisher with Ichiro.


  1. mike_h says:

    awesome, welcome back Ichiro!!!!

  2. Andrew J. says:

    Good news. Mo and Andy next.

  3. Mike Myers says:

    Im curious how much playing time the promised him.

  4. Bartolo I Hurt My Colon says:

    It looks like if this is going to be a good day. I just read that they are nearing an agreement with Pettite. On top of that my mother in law just announced to the family that she’s moving back to DR. Wohooooooooo!!

  5. MB923 says:

    Sweet, the only thing that worries me is that No confirmation thing lol

  6. Joe says:

    Read this morning, Pettite has said he will return to Yankees, they are now working on a deal..

  7. Mister D says:

    True 4th OF, sure. Strong side platoon in RF, no thanks.

    • Apellosine says:

      Raul + Ichiro as the RF platoon will be nice as well as being able to rest Gardy/Grandy if needed. All of this in a fairly cheap package of 5mil + incentives which I assume consist of average and hits and maybe SB.

      • CountryClub says:

        He was passable last yr, but I’d rather not see Raul in an OF platoon. Let him be in a DH platoon and maybe he plays the field 10-15 times during the year.

      • Cris Pengiucci says:

        No. Ichiro in RF, Raul as DH, right-handed hitting 4th OF to be signed next. Preferably someone with adequate defense and some power (and not too many strikeouts, and … oh well, we’ll take what we get).

        • Ted Nelson says:

          I’d rather not see Ibanez as the regular DH if Ichiro is the regular RF. Could end up being the best option, though, I suppose.

    • Adam Otten says:

      Platoon with who? Ibanez? Doubt that. Ibanez will be the everyday DH

    • KennyH123 says:

      I don’t understand the infatuation with a 39 yr old slap hitting corner OFer with a .340 OBP. I really don’t. He’s spent his entire career refusing to walk so he can pad his hit totals. But with his defense and arm and speed, in his prime, he was still elite. He is merely solid defensively now, has clearly lost a step, and a good 4th OFer. That’s it.

      • Cris Pengiucci says:

        He’s spent his entire career refusing to walk so he can pad his hit totals.

        I don’t get this. Other than his low BB totals & %, I see nothing in his stats to suggest he avoids the walk. He just seems to be an excellent contact hitter. His O-Zone swing % is in line with league averages. What stats makes you believe he’s tried to pad his career hit totals other than the lack of walks? If you make excellent contact and put the ball in play when you hit it, you generally won’t walk. They guy has ad a possible HOF career doing things like he’s done since joining the MLB.

        I understand the talk of him being a light hitting OF and not having a high OBP, but that doesn’t mean he’s spent his career padding his personal stats at the expense of the team.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Who, honestly, can we point to and say “that guy engaged in stat-padding rather than the overall good?”

          These claims, like with the Swisher nonsense, is just the usual fan trying too hard to sound smart.

  8. Leg-End says:

    Ichiro! Great deal.

  9. jsbrendog says:

    and the hunt for a longterm RF begins!!!! welcome back placeholder suzuki

  10. Jersey Joe says:

    Trade for Heisey and we got us an outfield!

  11. BronxBombers98 says:

    Does the link work for anyone else? It appears to be a dead link and I can’t find anything besides this that says he is signed.

  12. CountryClub says:

    I’m fine with a 1 yr deal at 5 mil. An all lefty OF worries me, especially since 2 of them have little power. But it’ll be nice to have Gardner and Ichiro causing issues on the base paths.

  13. The Real Eddard says:

    YES! With the news of Andy’s return this could be a good season. Ichiro gives us speed, contact hitting, solid defense and he’s on a cheap 1 year deal. Great signing.

  14. Cris Pengiucci says:

    I’m neither thrilled with this nor opposed to it. It’s a cheap enough deal for 1 year that it will have no or extremely little effect on the team long term. If Ichiro can return to the form he showed at the end of last season, it’ll be a great pick up. If not, hopefully they pick up a solid (preferably right-handed hitting) 4th OF, and this will be an easy mistake to cover.

  15. Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

    Solid move by Yankees. Now they just need a someone who rakes against lefties to platoon with Ichiro who’s not too atrocious defensively.

  16. ER says:

    ((((((((((( WAY TO GO )))))))))

  17. handtius says:

    surprised they didn’t wait longer.

  18. CountryClub says:

    Sweeny Murti ?@YankeesWFAN
    Am told Ichiro deal is not done, just rumor. It is clear Yanks have interest in bringing him back, so entirely possible at some point.

  19. Yank the Frank says:

    Just for attitude alone I want him back.

  20. Paco Dooley says:

    “Erik Boland hears there is “no truth” to the report and the Yankees have not re-signed Ichiro.”

    Intentional double negative? No truth that they have re-signed him, or no truth that they have not? I’m confused. I haven’t see this reported elsewhere, so I am going to assume that there is no truth to the rumor at the moment.

  21. Reggie C. says:

    Damn. I’m hoping the Japanese jumped the gun on the report and that Ichiro is still negotiating quietly with Cashman/Levine/Eppler.

  22. Robinson Tilapia says:

    This will get done eventually, I think, even if the gun was jumped slightly, as the interest appears pretty mutual here.

    I don’t mind bringing him back. I just hope there’s some pretty strong depth to follow, plus the chance that the team blows up this outfield plan if the right big deal comes along.

  23. jsbrendog says:

    womp womp

  24. Murderers' Row Boat says:

    So basically the Yankees told Ichiro what his contract would be if he resigned, Ichiro thinks it’s fine, but no one has signed anything yet.

  25. Mike says:

    Go sign Dan Haren!!!

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