MLB free agency: Ichiro wants to stay with Yankees

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Ichiro Suzuki wants to stay with the New York Yankees.

New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has expressed that he wants to remain a member of the Yankees, according to a report by Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Citing a source close to Suzuki, Sherman stated that the pending free agent "strongly wants to stay with the Yankees."

Suzuki reportedly enjoyed his time with a competitive team as well as playing with individuals in his age range. It apparently will only take a one-year contract offer in the $5 million-to-$8 million range to keep him in pinstripes next season.

The Yankees originally acquired Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners on July 23 in exchange for minor league pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. Having played right field while a member of the Mariners, Suzuki agreed to play left field as part of the trade.

Prior to joining the Yankees, Suzuki spent the first 11 years of his MLB career in Seattle where he appeared in 10 All-Star games and won 10 Gold Gloves.

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