According to YES Network's Jack Curry, the Yankees made the first blockbuster trade of July:
The Yankees have acquired Ichiro Suzuki for RHPs DJ Mitchell and Danny Fahrquar, a source said. Yanks also get undisclosed cash in deal.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) July 23, 2012
There were some grumblings about Ichiro Suzuki being New York-bound, but this news will come as a surprise to many fans on both the East and West Coast.
Suzuki, who is in the final year of his contract, has played for the Mariners since coming to MLB from Japan before the 2001 season. In 11-plus seasons, the Japanese star has hit .322, played in 10 All-Star games, won 10 Gold Gloves and set the record for most hits in a single season with 262 in 2004.
Last season, the 38-year-old outfielder showed signs of regression, hitting a career-low .272. One season after he was unable to reach the 200-hit mark for the first time in his career, Ichiro is hitting .261 with 105 hits, 49 runs and 15 stolen bases in 2012.
Those numbers are going to increase significantly if he plays full time for the Yankees. Even with the lowly Mariners, who are 13 games under .500 and in last place in the AL West, Ichiro has been mildly productive.
Once he enters the Yankees star-studded lineup, he's likely to look more like the Ichiro of old.
New York will send D.J. Mitchell, its former "Minor League Pitcher of the Year" to the Mariners, who are looking for some young talent to build on in the future.
If nothing else, this trade makes for an interesting second half, as the entire baseball world will be looking forward to seeing what the Yankees' newest acquisition can bring to the team.
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