Brian Cashman's style at the trade deadline is to find a hole and fill it with a relatively small piece that does not cost the Yankees big prospects.

And if you can get beyond the size of the name acquired Monday — Ichiro Suzuki — that is exactly what the general manager did again.

For Ichiro is among the one-name icons who conjure greatness. However, like, say, Madonna or Cher, the fame remains, but the game is just not the same.

In Ichiro's prime, it would have been an insult of magnitude to compare him to Brett Gardner. But that is essentially who he is now. Ichiro can provide the defense and speed lost with Gardner, who is almost certainly out for the rest of the season.