The Yankees aren’t dwelling on recent times, but more like the pastime when it comes to Ichiro Suzuki, the 39 year old and 10 time Gold Glove winning star outfielder who joined the squad in late July. After seeing his batting average numbers, RBI’s and steals output increase in the pin-strips, a deal has been finally set in place to keep him on the team, more importantly, for years to come, as he signed a $13 million contract on Wednesday that’ll last two years ($6.5 mil for both seasons):
“The Yankees are the kind of team that I always envisioned being a part of,” Suzuki said in a statement released by the team. “Everyone in the world of competition has a strong desire to win, but the Yankees also have an atmosphere where losing is not an option. These two observations may sound similar, but I believe it is a rarity to find both coexisting in the same organization.”
A 10-time Gold Glove outfielder with speed and a strong arm, Suzuki has 2,606 hits in 12 major league seasons. He figures to see corner outfield time, with the Yankees allowing right Nick Swisher to become a free agent.
“I believe the Yankees organization appreciates that there is a difference between a 39-year-old who has played relying only on talent, and a 39-year-old who has prepared, practiced, and thought thoroughly through many experiences for their craft. I am very thankful, and I will do my best to deliver on their expectations,” he said.
New York opened a roster spot by designating right-hander Jim Miller for assignment. Suzuki raises the Yankees’ payroll next year to $182 million for 13 players with agreements.