Yankees pounce, get Ichiro Suzuki in trade

Ichiro Suzuki, who played for the Mariners since 2001, donned a new uniform as a member of the Yankees and took a bow as the fans at Safeco Field showed their appreciation.
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Ichiro Suzuki, who played for the Mariners since 2001, donned a new uniform as a member of the Yankees and took a bow as the fans at Safeco Field showed their appreciation.

Ichiro Suzuki is headed to a new team and, after all these years, maybe a shot at playing in the World Series.

The Yankees acquired the star outfielder from the Mariners in a trade Monday for two young pitchers.

‘‘I am going from a team with the most losses to a team with the most wins,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s hard to contain my excitement for that reason.’’


The Yankees also got cash in the deal that sent 25-year-old righties D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar to the last-place Mariners. The trade was announced a few hours before the Yankees played at Seattle.

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Moving from one clubhouse to another, Suzuki started in right field in place of the injured Nick Swisher and batted eighth for New York Monday night.

Fans at Safeco Field gave Suzuki a 45-second standing ovation when he came to the plate with one out in the third. He doffed his cap and bowed twice to the crowd before singling and stealing second.

The Yankees made the trade a few days after learning that the speedy Brett Gardner would likely miss the rest of the season because of an elbow problem, and manager Joe Girardi said Suzuki will mostly play left field.

‘‘We’re very excited with the caliber of player we are getting. We feel that he brings the speed element. He’s a tremendous hitter. That speed element is what we lost when Gardy had surgery,’’ Girardi said. ‘‘So this is a big day for us.’’


Suzuki was given No. 31 because the number he wore his entire career with the Mariners, No. 51, has not been worn since four-time World Series champion Bernie Williams last played.

Mitchell made his major league debut this season and pitched four games for the Yankees. Farquhar made his big league debut last year with Toronto and was claimed last month on waivers by the Yankees from Oakland.

The 38-year-old Suzuki had spent his whole big league career with Seattle. The 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner entered Monday batting .261 with four home runs, 28 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases this year.

Suzuki is a career .322 hitter, a former AL MVP, and holds the record for most hits in a season. He had batted over .300 in every season until dipping last year.

The only thing missing on Suzuki’s resume is an appearance in the World Series, and he may get a chance with the Yankees. Suzuki was the AL MVP and rookie of the year in 2001 after a stellar career in Japan, and the Mariners reached the AL Championship Series that season before losing to the Yankees. Seattle has not been back to the playoffs since.

Tigers get two


The Tigers acquired second baseman Omar Infante and righthander Anibal Sanchez from Miami, sending 21-year-old righty Jacob Turner and two minor leaguers to the Marlins. The deal gives the Tigers a likely solution to their season-long problems at second base and adds another experienced arm to their starting rotation. Turner was considered the Tigers’ top pitching prospect and earned his first major league win Sunday. Miami also receives catcher Rob Brantley and lefthander Brian Flynn in the deal . . . The Nationals put All-Star shortstop Ian Desmond on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique and promoted outfielder Corey Brown from Triple A Syracuse . . . Roberto Hernandez threw 30 pitches in the bullpen in his first team activity since rejoining the Indians. The righthander, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, is serving a three-week MLB suspension after it was discovered in January he had been playing under the assumed name since 2000 . . . Righthander Joel Pineiro, who pitched in Baltimore’s organization this season, will have surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday. The 33-year-old has a torn labrum.