Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ichiro "Strongly" Wants To Remain With The Yankees

I hate to even bring up the dreaded "close friends" or "relatives" type sources but it's a slow news day so take it for what you will. Ichiro told these "personal close friends" that he would strongly like to remain with the Yankees because of the professional and winning atmosphere that surrounds the team. Having a lot of teammates around his age could not hurt either but I digress. The San Francisco Giants were linked to Ichiro before the Yankees acquired him so the Yanks may have some competition this year via free agency but Ichiro claims that money will not be a deciding factor so you never know. The expected contract to land Ichiro for 2013 would be in the $5-$8 million range on a one year deal or a one year deal with an option for 2014. In 67 games for the Yankees this season Ichiro found his youth again while hitting .322/.340/.454 with 14 stolen bases and big base running and defensive plays one after another. I am not sure I would want Ichiro starting every day in the same outfield as Brett Gardner, especially if we do not re sign Nick Swisher, but in Cashman I trust.

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