The era of Ichiro Suzuki in Seattle has come to an end. On Monday, the outfielder was traded to the New York Yankees. The Yankees are playing the Mariners so all Ichiro had to do was cross over to the visitor’s clubhouse to meet his new teammates.
The trade of blockbuster proportion transpired very quickly, so quickly that Joe Giradi, the Yankees manager barely received warning before he had to submit his official lineup for Monday’s game. He found out just in time and penned in Ichiro to hit eighth.
Through his interpreter, Ichiro said he was moving from a team with the most losses in the league to one with the league’s most wins, so in that regard he is completely excited.
In exchange for Ichiro, the Yankees sent Danny Farquhar and D.J. Mitchell two right-handed pitchers to the Mariners. The deal includes cash consideration as well. To make room on their 25-man roster, the Yankees sent Dewayne Wise for re-assignment.
Brian Cashman the Yankees general manager said the trade came as a big surprise, but that it was a great opportunity that could not be passed up. The Yankees believe Ichiro will be a great addition to the team. Ichiro approached Seattle over the last few weeks asking them to try to trade him. He felt he no longer belonged on a team that had younger players and was rebuilding.
New York said he was eagerly welcomed, as they believe he is the final cog in their attempt to win their 28th World Series.