By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Ichiro Suzuki has a new home after 12-years in Seattle.
Suzuki was acquired from the Seattle Mariners by the New York Yankees tonight. In exchange for his services, the Mariners received D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar.
The Mariners also received cash considerations in the trade, as well. Suzuki asked the Mariners a few weeks ago to be traded to allow the team to build for the future.
Suzuki is in the final year of his contract. In addition, he is 38-years-old is struggling with a .261 batting average.
He had a team-high 15 stolen bases in 95 games, but scored just 49 runs. But he is expected to fill in for Brett Gardner, who will miss the rest of the season after surgery on his right elbow.
Suzuki is the Mariners all-time leader with 2,533 hits, 1,176 runs scored, 79 triples, and 7,858 at-bats. He was also a 10-time American League All-Star and the 2001 AL MVP and Rookie of the Year.
“Ichiro knows that the club is building for the future, and he felt that what was best for the team was to be traded to another club and give our younger players an opportunity to develop,” said Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln.
“When I spent time during the All-Star break to think, I realized that this team has many players in their early 20′s. I began to think that I should not be on this team next year,” an emotional but composed Suzuki said through a translator.
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