Ichiro Suzuki a Fit in Left Field for the New York Yankees?

Kenny DeJohn@@kennydejohnAnalyst IIIJuly 18, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 16: Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Seattle Mariners runs to first after hitting a single against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium on July 16, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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With Brett Gardner possibly being shut down for the rest of the 2012 season, the New York Yankees could potentially be in the market for a left fielder at the trade deadline on July 31.

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.

Ichiro Suzuki may be experiencing the worst season of his major league career for the Seattle Mariners, but he would be a nice addition to the powerful Yankee lineup.

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.