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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Source: Yankees, Ichiro close to deal
Ichiro Suzuki and the New York Yankees are expected to finalize a one-year contract this week, according to a baseball official with knowledge of the talks.
Suzuki, 39, finished this past season with a .283 batting average and a .307 on-base percentage. He could be slated as the Yankees' every-day right fielder this upcoming season since free agent Nick Swisher is not expected to return.
After being acquired in late July from Seattle, Suzuki reverted to being a very solid player, batting .322 in 67 games with the Yankees. In 95 games with the Mariners, he batted just .261 with a .288 on-base percentage.
Suzuki embraced playing for the Yankees and sounded as if he wanted to return to the team by the end of the year. Read More