The New York Yankees, who recently came in the market for an outfielder after learning that Brett Gardner was not returning this season and that Nick Swisher’s injury was going to cause him to miss significant time, have traded two minor league prospects for Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.
Today the Yankees begin a series with the Mariners, so whether Ichiro will suit up tonight, or at all for this series, or not is not yet known. The Yankees have been using a makeshift outfield most of the season, and adding Ichiro will add depth and some stability. Ichiro isn’t having a good year by his standards, hitting only .261 and seeing his usually stellar OBP drop to a modest .288. However, it is still adequate enough to get the job done, and he still plays excellent defense. This trade could be a huge spark for both Ichiro and the Yankees, who have lost 4 straight for the first time all season.
Seattle received RHPs DJ Mitchell and Danny Farquhar in return.