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Ichiro Suzuki’s agent talking ‘with multiple clubs’

Infield singles are go! (goes into Grubby Mitts seizure)

Ichiro Suzuki’s willingness to wait on the Yankees has declined to the point where the veteran outfielder is talking to other teams.

“At the beginning we talked a lot but since that time, zero,’’ agent Tony Attanasio said of discussions with the Yankees. “As far as we are concerned we don’t care what the Yankees do. We have had conversations with multiple clubs. If we see something we like he will go through with it.’

In a week’s time, Ichiro has completely reversed field.

“There has been a lot of interest [from other teams] but he enjoyed playing for the Yankees so much it’s hard for him to say no to the Yankees,’’ Attanasio said a week ago yesterday. “His preference is to stay there instead of going someplace else, but we’ll wait and see.’’

...Bringing the 39-year-old Ichiro back wasn’t frowned upon by the Yankees, but with Brett Gardner returning to play left, using Ichiro full-time in right would mean the Yankees had very similar players who lacked power manning corner outfield spots.

As for free-agent outfielders, the Yankees aren’t going near Josh Hamilton or Michael Bourn. Even Shane Victorino is looking for three to four years. Scott Hairston is more of a fit for the Yankees. The Nationals might move Michael Morse and the Rockies will listen on Michael Cuddyer, who is signed through 2014.

Repoz Posted: December 01, 2012 at 12:01 PM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: December 01, 2012 at 12:22 PM (#4314047)
the Rockies will listen on Michael Cuddyer

chirp chirp
   2. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: December 01, 2012 at 12:28 PM (#4314050)
As long as he doesn't end up at Fenway.
   3. Gamingboy Posted: December 01, 2012 at 12:56 PM (#4314069)
There is also, of course, the chance- however small- that he could instead decide that he wants to form his own team. He could do it, if he wants to.
   4. puck Posted: December 01, 2012 at 01:02 PM (#4314073)
There is also, of course, the chance- however small- that he could instead decide that he wants to form his own team.

Would he trade for Michael Cuddyer?
   5. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: December 01, 2012 at 01:10 PM (#4314076)
LH batters don't need power to hit HR's @ NYS. It's a disgrace!
   6. StHendu Posted: December 01, 2012 at 02:06 PM (#4314090)
I would expect a MLB player's agent to talk with all 'clubs'. And no, I am not going to read the article. The NYPost is just a seat cover for the subway.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: December 01, 2012 at 02:36 PM (#4314103)
How bout the mets? They could put him back in center.
   8. Gamingboy Posted: December 01, 2012 at 03:00 PM (#4314112)

Would he trade for Michael Cuddyer?


Yes. He would like to be amused by Cuddyer's famous magic tricks.
   9. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 01, 2012 at 03:14 PM (#4314117)
I thought Ichiro had already re-signed with the Yankees. People in this thread said it was a done deal!
http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/newsstand/discussion/pettitte_returning_to_yankees_for_one_year_at_about_11m
   10. Ray (RDP) Posted: December 01, 2012 at 05:06 PM (#4314164)
would mean the Yankees had very similar players who lacked power manning corner outfield spots.


Ichiro also lacks on-base skills. And, frankly, defense, at this point. His "resurgence" with the Yankees produced 0.1 WAR.

(And his rebound with the bat didn't happen immediately upon joining the Yankees, but several weeks later.)
   11. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: December 01, 2012 at 05:30 PM (#4314170)
Ichiro also lacks on-base skills. And, frankly, defense, at this point. His "resurgence" with the Yankees produced 0.1 WAR.
There's something funny with that WAR number. Assuming you're looking at the BBRef number, it puts him at .9 dWAR in 95 games for the Mariners, but -1.1 dWAR with the Yankees in just 67 games. Frankly, he's going to be 39 so it's hard to believe he's any kind of elite defensive player but his defensive numbers are all over the map lately (UZR/150 for example, has him at +14.4, -6.7 and +16.4 the last three seasons, and DRS has him -1, -3, +11) so I don't know what to make of it.

(And his rebound with the bat didn't happen immediately upon joining the Yankees, but several weeks later.)
On this one I think your memory is playing tricks a bit. Ichiro had an ordinary first week with the Yankees (.259/.286/.407) but basically started hitting immediately thereafter, the first couple of weeks of August--he was traded July 23rd--he hit .348/.375/.478, which is obviously pretty good.
   12. Ray (RDP) Posted: December 01, 2012 at 06:08 PM (#4314187)
On this one I think your memory is playing tricks a bit. Ichiro had an ordinary first week with the Yankees (.259/.286/.407) but basically started hitting immediately thereafter, the first couple of weeks of August--he was traded July 23rd--he hit .348/.375/.478, which is obviously pretty good.


In this case my memory is better than your research. Not sure where you're getting your numbers from, but from July 23-31 he hit a tiny bit less than what you said - .258/.281/.387 but close enough - and from August 1-14 he hit just .282/.317/.410.

Then, after three weeks (*), he started hitting. .344/.358/.478 from August 15th through the end of the regular season.

(*) So not quite "several weeks," as I said, but it wasn't right as he arrived, either. From July 23rd through August 14th he hit just .271/.301/.401.

   13. jyjjy Posted: December 01, 2012 at 06:22 PM (#4314193)
using Ichiro full-time in right would mean the Yankees had very similar players who lacked power manning corner outfield spots.
I thought Ichiro! could hit 40 HRs if he decided he wanted to.
   14. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: December 01, 2012 at 08:41 PM (#4314272)
the Rockies will listen on Michael Cuddyer


I'm gonna say listening on a phone would be a lot smarter.
   15. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: December 01, 2012 at 10:40 PM (#4314339)
In this case my memory is better than your research.
So it is. I have no idea how I screwed up the splits that badly.
   16. Textbook Editor Posted: December 01, 2012 at 10:57 PM (#4314354)
Depends on the deal, but I'd think Philly would be all over this if it's just a 1-2 year deal he's seeking. Even with 0 power, I think he's be an improvement over Rollins in the leadoff slot and it's not like there's a whole string of LFs out there bashing their way onto the roster.
   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 02, 2012 at 07:48 PM (#4314761)
I thought Ichiro! could hit 40 HRs if he decided he wanted to.


I'm surprised no manager has apparently tried to get him to want to do this.
   18. Ray (RDP) Posted: December 02, 2012 at 07:52 PM (#4314762)
I'm surprised no manager has apparently tried to get him to want to do this.


Probably because once he hit 40 HRs we'd learn that he "wanted" to hit .200 also.
   19. DA Baracus Posted: December 02, 2012 at 07:56 PM (#4314763)
Depends on the deal, but I'd think Philly would be all over this if it's just a 1-2 year deal he's seeking. Even with 0 power, I think he's be an improvement over Rollins in the leadoff slot and it's not like there's a whole string of LFs out there bashing their way onto the roster.


Yeah he'd fill Juan Pierre's old banjo hitting LF slot well. If he wanted to.
   20. Gamingboy Posted: December 02, 2012 at 08:49 PM (#4314787)
I'm surprised no manager has apparently tried to get him to want to do this.



Probably because once he hit 40 HRs we'd learn that he "wanted" to hit .200 also.



No, it'd be .220 if he wanted to.

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