The numbers suggest this is a bit of a longshot for the Yankees, wanting to believe that Ichiro Suzuki's glory days aren't totally behind him.

Heck, his .288 on-base percentage is not only among the lowest of any regular in the majors, it's a number that would normally convince a statistical analysis guy like GM Brian Cashman to recoil in horror.

However, the Yankees have a specific need to replace Brett Gardner's speed and defense, and unlike what it could have cost them to acquire Shane Victorino or Denard Span, they gave up no significant prospects in Monday's trade for Ichiro.