Dec
19

It’s official: Ichiro’s back for two more years

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The Yankees have officially re-signed Ichiro Suzuki to a two-year contract, the team announced. The deal is reportedly in the neighborhood of $13M, or $6.5M annually for luxury tax purposes.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated Jim Miller for assignment. They claimed the 30-year-old right-hander off waivers from the Athletics late last month. He pitched to a 2.59 ERA (4.74 FIP) in 48.2 innings for Oakland last year and owns a 2.42 ERA (4.42 FIP) with big strikeout (8.10 K/9 and 20.4 K%) and walk (5.12 BB/9 and 12.9 BB%) rates in 63.1 career big league innings.

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  • BigBlueAL

    I’m OK with bringing Ichiro back, heck Im actually kinda excited to be able to watch him for an entire season. But did they really have to re-sign him for 2 seasons?? Makes passing on Martin seem even more odd to me.

  • The Real Greg

    WHY ARE PEOPLE HUNG UP ON MARTIN?

    His defense was not really good last year. He had a bad offensive season.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      She’ll always be the one that got away, even if she weighed 400 pounds and had a mustache.

      • Jersey Joe

        Did you have that experience?

        (cringe)

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

        If Martin is a 400 lb woman with a stache, Cervelli/Stewart are a 600 lb woman with a full beard and a dick. It’s all relative.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      Because his defense is still much better than that of our other options and his bad offensive season is better than his current replacements have ever or will ever produce.

      • The Real Greg

        Didn’t hear this last year when everybody wanted him out.

        • FIPster Doofus

          Define “everybody.” I wanted Martin back and I’m still annoyed that he’s gone. An average catcher is a whole lot better than the two terrible ones the Yankees have now.

          • The Real Greg

            There was a lot of complaining last year about him.

            • Ted Nelson

              A lot of people will complain about everything.

              • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

                Some will even complain about others complaining.

                • Ted Nelson

                  I prefer to tell the others to quit whining.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          They hadn’t let him go and apparently been content to replace him with Stewart/Cervelli/Romine last year.

          And it wasn’t everybody.

          • The Real Greg

            A majority of people

            • Get Phelps Up

              Your argument that not bringing him back because a “majority of people” were complaining about him is very compelling…

              • The Real Greg

                Just a sense of hypocrisy, that’s all.

                • Need Pitching & Hitting

                  Some people wanting him back while others want him gone is hypocrisy? You know these are mostly different people, right?

                  And there is a difference between being dissatisfied with Martin’s performance and not wanting him to be replaced if the replacement is a worse option. A very big difference. It is possible to want an upgrade at C, or not like Martin, but still prefer Martin to the Stewart/Cervelli/Romine combo.

                  It would only be hypocritical if someone who said they’d rather have that combo now complains about not resigning Martin. I’m not aware of anyone having done that.

                • Get Phelps Up

                  Not at all. Most, if not all of the people who want him back wanted him back all year.

                  There’s more to life than batting average.

                  • Ted Nelson

                    There are definitely some of the same people who complained about him all season that also complained that they let him go. There are just some posters who come here to complain about everything. The Yankees win 10-1, and they complain about the one run or the one K with RISP.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Because he’s much better than the internal options. And he had a 95 wRC+ which is pretty good for a catcher.

      But hopefully it means that the Yankees have a way of getting someone better up their sleeve.

    • soxhata

      Thank you thank you for the post.I am SICK hearing people lamenting about losing a .211 hitting catcher.Somehow he got a bug in his ass{contract coming up}and hit good in Sept to get over the mendoza line.Surely Cash can find a replacement.If not,I still say good riddance.Hope Martin likes catching AJ Burnetts errant throw

      • Ted Nelson

        Batting average is one part of offense, not an all-encompassing offensive metric.

        • soxhata

          JESUS H CHRIST Did you Ted watch any f%#kin games this year?Martin was an offensive weakling who only got over the mendoza line{hitting ,200 is considered the mendoza line-see wikepedia if you still don’t understand}in sept when he knew he had to get it going.Unfortunately he sucked again in the playoffs.So is this what the Yanks are about???We are forced to lament about an average AT BEST catcher who is pretty underwhelming.Cashman is on the hot seat.I could offer suggestions but he is paid to figure this mess out.Just stop all of you making out that Martin is Munson-JEEZUS!

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Nobody is making him out to be Munson. But pretend that is happening if it makes you feel better with your rant.
            He’s about average.
            About average is likely considerably better than the current in house options will do this year. If they replaced him with an average or above catcher, nobody would care that he’s gone. When they are downgrading at the position, people will care. The fact is that Martin, despite his flaws, was probably the best available option this offseason.

  • yardisiak

    I agree. Martin/Dickerson at 9mil or Ichiro/Stewart at 7? seems very strange to pick the latter over 2 mil.

  • Dropped Third

    Splitting hairs with the ichiro stewart, martin dickerson thing… Maybe cash is going to pull off a trade for carlos santana… PLEASE SANTA

    • Laz

      I hope not. Sure he is a great player, but it will require them emptying the farm again. They need to let the farm grow a bit, is the way that they will be able to be competitive regularly if they insist on being below $189M. People complain the team is too old, and this is the problem.

  • Betty Lizard

    Please. No talk of M—-n. I’m still grieving.

  • Pistol Pete

    If the Yanks don’t sign Pierzynski or make a trade then not signing Martin to two for 17m is absurd. Also I hope they give Nunez a shot at DH. Ibanez was great last season but he’s another lefty and it’s likely he won’t be able to repeat his heroics. When Arod arrives he’ll likely share the DH spot with Youkalis. Lineup, Gardner Jeter Cano Tex Grandy Youkalis Nunez Ichiro and the catcher. Ichiro and Gardner are interchangeable. Not a bad lineup. I’d love to see AJ at a one year high salary deal.

    • Ted Nelson

      Pierzynski is not necessarily an upgrade over Cervelli. I am fine with signing him, but not for a high salary.

      • pistol pete

        Not an upgrade over Cervelli, really, AJ hit 27 HR’s last season Cervelli hasn’t hit that many in his life.

        • Ted Nelson

          Take a look at the four seasons before 2012, pistol. You can’t project forward based on one data point. You also can’t look at HRs as an all-encompassing measure of offensive production. It’s like using only BA.

          http://www.fangraphs.com/leade.....;players=0

          The offensive production is about in-line with Cervelli’s and the defense isn’t any good by the metrics they’re using (I don’t think he grades out well as a pitch framer, either).

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Cervelli career 562 PA.
            AJ last season 520 PA.

            Can’t really project forward on Cervelli either. AJ’s offense probably regresses to (or at least closer to) his previous few years offensively, but there is a definite chance Cervelli doesn’t match his career 88 wRC+ either when exposed as a full time player. He barely matched that in AAA last season.

            Also fwiw, 2007-2011, AJ’s pitch framing was graded as worth +11.9 runs over 40,829 pitches. In the same time frame, Cervelli’s pitch framing was graded at -4.1 runs over a span of 10,895 pitches.
            Cervelli 2009-2012 20 errors in 174 games, 20% CS; AJ 2009-2012: 20 errors in 504 games, 23.9% CS.

            • Pistol Pete

              Why are we comparing Cervelli to AJ . AJ may be a jerk but he’s a proven major league catcher and Cervelli couldn’t ‘t win a back up role. Are you guys really kidding me comparing these two, Cervelli vs AJ Pierzynski please. If Cervelli played everyday he’d likely hit worse than Martin’s 211 with no power. The more weak players play the worse they look. He didn’t play all last year in the minors because he’s any good. He got send down because he’s weak! Very weak. He didn’t exactly burn it up in the minors and now you guys are comparing him to AJ Pierzynski.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting

                Maybe read before ranting. The point of my post was to show that AJ was a better option.
                AJ, except for his career year last year, has been weak, offensively and defensively, for several years. Let’s not make him out to be some great savior, he’s not.

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)

    This is the first move since the second Vazquez trade that I am outright and openly against. I fully expect for this to look like a shit contract by about August. I hope to the powers at be that I’m dead wrong, but I wouldn’t have been a fan of bringing Ichiro back for one year, let alone two.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’m indifferent to here, but I raise my glass to you as brothers in hating the Javy trade from Day One.

    • Laz

      I agree. Ichiro had a good September. That is it, he has been terrible 2 years now. I think there were similar producing players at this point that are younger, require less commitment, and are cheaper. Schierholz was one option I liked. He isn’t great, but cost $2M, is just as good a hitter at this point in Ich’s career, has a good arm. Sure he is a bit slower, but he is cheaper and 12 years younger.

  • Havok9120

    This is bad ju-ju. Can I see this working out for the team very well? Yes. However, I’m pretty certain that this is a bad idea. Not an awful one, but not advisable. Certainly not a gamble that is at all likely to pay off.

    I will gladly eat my hat at the end of the season if he has a good or better year and then is relegated to bench/platoon duties the following season.

    • Ted Nelson

      The Yankees have seemed pretty certain about signing him all off-season and went the extra year pretty easily, so I don’t think it’s as much of a gamble to them. I don’t know if that’s because of marketing, having reason to believe that he’s better than his last 1.5 seasons in Seattle, putting more weight on defense than we do, or some combination of those factors.

  • forensic

    I know I’m in the minority, but I’m actually OK with this deal. If they went to two years, maybe it would’ve been nice to knock the dollar value down a touch more, but it’s still not so bad. I think there is something to playing for a veteran team who is competing for something for him and I think he will get a nice assist from Yankee Stadium too. His defense and baserunning also add a nice touch for the team too.

    • Laz

      My biggest problem is not him, but the years/money. They paid it simply because of his name recognition, when there are players that are different, but just as good as he has been over past 2 years, that are signing way cheaper.

      • forensic

        I’m not so sure it’s name recognition, though I’m sure some hope of benefitting from a run at 3,000 hits factored in. I think it’s more based on my belief, and maybe theirs, that if the factors I listed are real and we’ll see a somewhat reasonable facsimile of Ichiro, then those other players are going to be as good as him.

  • Grover

    Grasp the new reality and get creative instead of bitching all the time.

  • There’s the Door

    Hal cares much more about money than about championships, and Ichiro is still a big draw with the Asian community.

    • Adam

      That’s exactly what it is. Hal and Hank are now treating this team as a business and nothing more. Having Ichiro on the team will draw money in Japan, especially if he gets 3,000 hits in a Yankee uniform.

      The way this team is being run disgusts me. They can’t sell it soon enough. They talk nonstop about the luxury tax bullshit in 2014 and then go out and add $6.5 million towards the cap on another aging superstar who’s a shell of his former self.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    I hear we’re pushing hard for Mauer. Giving up the farm. Those four guys? Gone. A bunch of others? Also gone.

  • Bro-Lo El Cordero

    Replace Spaceballs with Ichiro3K and you get a two year contract!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNZove4OTtI