Ichiro Suzuki remains the most likely candidate to be the starting right fielder for the New York Yankees next season, but it looks like that decision won't come for a while.
George King of the New York Post is reporting that the 39-year-old Ichiro is drawing interest from other teams, but prefers to stay with the Yankees and is willing to wait for New York to make a decision.
The Yankees did not bid for Torii Hunter, and signing Ichiro to a one-year deal would seem to fit their current strategy of staying away from long-term deals and trying to get under the $189 million luxury tax threshold by 2014.
My opinion has always been that re-signing Ichiro would be a good move for the Yankees. He is no longer a superstar, but had a .322/.340/.454 batting line in 240 plate appearances with the Yankees after being acquired from the Seattle Mariners. He hit .283/.307/.390 overall.
Having Ichiro in right field and Brett Gardner in left field would change the Yankees somewhat from the slow-footed home-run happy approach they have employed recently and that has failed them in the playoffs to more of a balanced team with better defense, more speed and more offensive manueverability.