By most accounts, Ichiro Suzuki will be back in the Bronx next season. Whether he returns for one year or two is uncertain.
WFAN's Craig Carton tweeted Wednesday morning that "Ichiro is a yankee for 2013." But as the day progressed, the two sides still appeared to be hashing things out.
A CBS Sports report said that the two sides were "just working on the structure of a deal." Ichiro, according to the report, will wind up with the Yankees for one season or two.
The 39-year-old outfielder was a pleasant addition to the club last summer. Ending a run of 12 seasons in Seattle, he came east in a July trade with the Mariners. After hitting .261 in 91 games with Seattle, Ichiro seemed energized by the move. He hit .322 in 67 games with the Yankees.
He was one of the few bright spots during the team's four-game American League Championship Series appearance. Ichiro went 6-for-17 (.353) as the Yanks were swept from the postseason by the Detroit Tigers.
If Ichiro does come back for two seasons, he will have an outside chance at chasing down 3,000 hits while in pinstripes – a remarkable feat for a player who spent his first few professional seasons in Japan. Ichiro currently sits at 2,606 hits. He had at least 200 hits in each of his first 10 seasons, before dropping to 184 in 2011 and 178 in 2012.
The Yankees have been busy this week, agreeing to terms with Kevin Youkilis on a one-year, $12 million contract Tuesday. Youkilis is expected to man third base until Alex Rodriguez returns from a hip injury. Rodriguez is scheduled for surgery on that hip sometime in January.
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