The New York Yankees lost catcher Russell Martin to the Pittsburgh Pirates via free agency this week. Might they now be on the verge of losing another free-agent position player?
Ichiro Suzuki is apparently tired of waiting for the Yankees to take care of other business before getting to him, and has reportedly begun talking seriously with other teams.
The Yankees have been busy locking up their principle pitchers, paying Hiroki Kuroda $15 million, Andy Pettitte $12 million and Mariano Rivera $10 million, drawing frustration from Ichiro.
"At the beginning we talked a lot but since that time, zero," Ichiro's agent Tony Attanasio told Friday's New York Post.
"As far as we are concerned we don't care what the Yankees do. We have had conversations with multiple clubs. If we see something we like he will go through with it."
The Yankees have a need in right field with Nick Swisher leaving via free agency, and Suzuki -- who played exceptionally well for the Yankees following a mid-season trade from the Seattle Mariners -- would seem a logical fit. The 39-year-old outfielder hit .322/.340/.454 in 67 games with the Yankees, adding five home runs and 14 stolen bases.
Ichiro has said he would prefer to stay with the Yankees, and the fact that he would likely take a one-year deal fits with the Yankees' current philosophy as they try to get under the $189 million luxury tax threshold by 2014.
Is this just a play by ichiro to get the Yankees to move? Or, is he serious about moving on? We will find out soon enough.
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