The one-year wonders might be adding another member before the end of the week.
According to sources, the Yankees are inching toward a new one-year contract with Ichiro Suzuki, a deal that would bring the 39-year-old back as the Bombers' regular right fielder. The deal could be done as early as Thursday.
Ichiro has had several suitors this winter, most notably the Phillies, but the 10-time All-Star wanted to come back to New York, where his career was revived following last summer's trade from the Mariners.
The Yankees have already inked Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda and Mariano Rivera to one-year contracts, while their one-year pact with Kevin Youkilis should be finalized in the coming days.
The Yankees will likely give Ichiro a one-year deal slightly above market value instead of signing him for two years, although it's possible they would include a team option for 2014. The Yankees currently have only four players signed to multi-year deals beyond this season, part of their plan to get beneath the $189 million luxury tax threshold in 2014.
Ichiro hit .322 with five home runs and 27 RBI in 67 games after being traded to the Yankees in late July, proving he was still capable of a high level of play despite his declining numbers in Seattle.
With Ichiro's return, the Yankees will have an outfield made up exclusively of lefthanded hitters, including Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner. The Yankees will likely try to add a righthanded-hitting outfielder in the coming weeks, although the market is thin.
Among the outfielders still available are Cody Ross, Scott Hairston, Matt Diaz and Delmon Young, although Ross and Young might be out of the Yankees' price range. The Bombers are also still looking for a designated hitter.
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Ichiro Suzuki inches closer to one-year contract with Yankees, deal could be done by Thursday
New York Daily News | Dec 13