Gardner has not played a game since he hurt his wrist diving for a ball on April 17, and the Yankees have mostly used a combination of Raul Ibanez, Andruw Jones and DeWayne Wise in his absence.
While big names like Justin Upton and Shane Victorino could be available, there is a much more cost-effective option that doesn't seem to be getting any attention.
Suzuki enters play on Wednesday hitting a putrid .259/.286/.349 with 98 hits (76 singles) and just 13 stolen bases.
The Mariners, who are reportedly attempting to sign Ichiro to a multi-year extension, could be inclined to move him if a team offers them a tantalizing package.
The Yankees could offer such a package. Dellin Betances and young second baseman David Adams would easily be enough to get a deal done.
Ichiro may not be in the prime of his career anymore, but he could be rejuvenated at the chance to finally play for a contender. The Mariners have never really offered him such an opportunity.
The Yankees could do much worse than Ichiro in left field, though there have yet to be any rumors regarding such a match.
It's just pure speculation on my part, but I feel as if it makes some sense.
We'll just have to see what Brian Cashman and the Yankees decide to do over the course of the next couple of weeks.