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Suzuki and Pettitte will have a full season together as teammates in the Bronx
Two veteran players who will contribute significantly towards success in 2013, and were re-signed this off season by the Yankees, are Ichiro Suzuki and Andy Pettitte.
The 40-year-old southpaw Pettitte is one of the team's most beloved hurlers and came out of retirement to sign with the "Bombers" in March of 2012. That late spring decision didn't give the big Texan much time to get ready for the season, especially after highly-touted pitcher Michael Pineda was lost for the year with injury.
Despite the quick turnaround for Pettitte, the hurler was arguably the team's best pitcher in the month of June, holding a 2.97 ERA and striking out 37 in 30 innings pitched.
Then a line drive off his leg in a game against Cleveland on June 27 cost him most of the season as the Yankees placed their veteran on the 60-day DL.
He would come back in September and pick up where he left off, going 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA for the month.
He may be in the twilight of his career, but Andy Pettitte proved that he still competes at a high level and is a critical piece to the Yankees rotation.
Like Andy Pettitte, 39-year-old Ichiro Suzuki is in the final phase of his career, but his second half of 2012 showed he can still be an invaluable part of the Yankees lineup.
It seemed that time was finally taking its toll on Suzuki. He hadn't hit over .300 since 2010 and his OBP had dropped each season since 2009. In the first half of last season, it was more of the same as he headed towards career lows in batting average (.261), OBP (.288) and OPS (.642).
On July 23 his fortunes changed with a trade to the Yankees.
In 67 games with New York, Suzuki hit .322 with a .794 OPS and his highest slugging percentage since 2009 (.454).
More importantly, the outfielder provided the Yankees with solid fielding (no errors in 103 chances) and speed on the base paths (14 stolen bases in 19 attempts).
2013 will be Ichiro's first full season with the Yankees and, if his play down the stretch in 2012 is any indication, this year will mark a return to his Hall of Fame level of production.