Ichiro Traded to Yankees
The Seattle Times is reporting that All-Star outfielder Ichiro was traded Monday for two minor-leaguers and cash considerations.
The Mariners announced on Monday that they had traded outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to the Yankees for right-handed pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar.Ichiro has been the face of the Mariners for his 12 years with the team. He has been to 10 All-Star Games and is the franchise leader in hits, runs scored, triples and at-bats. He won both the American League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year Award in 2001.
Last year was Ichiro's first time hitting under .300 in the Major Leagues, and has hit .261 this season while bouncing around the top three spots in the batting order.
"On behalf of our ownership group and everyone in the Seattle Mariners organization, I thank Ichiro for the great career he's had here in Seattle," Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln said in a release.
"Several weeks ago, Ichiro Suzuki, through his longtime agent, Tony Attanasio, approached Chuck Armstrong and me to ask that the Mariners consider trading him. Ichiro knows that the club is building for the future, and he felt that what was best for the team was to be traded to another club and give our younger players an opportunity to develop.
"Ichiro will be missed. He owns a long list of Major League Baseball and Mariners club records, has earned many prestigious awards, and in my opinion, he will someday be a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
"I know that I speak for all of Ichiro's fans, both here in the Pacific Northwest, around this country and also throughout Japan, in wishing him and his wife, Yumiko, the very best as he continues his baseball career with the Yankees."
Mitchell and Farquhar will both report to the Triple-A Tacoma.