Going to Yankees could help Ichiro's stats
July, 23, 2012
By Eric Karabel | ESPN Insider
It's certainly possible that one-time hit machine Ichiro Suzuki, dealt from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees on Monday for a couple of minor league pitchers, can muster a few decent months and really help fantasy owners down the stretch. After all, while Suzuki isn't hitting for power or average or getting on base at a remotely passable clip, he can steal bases and leaving spacious Safeco Field has to help him some.
The move makes sense for the Yankees, as Ichiro likely will play left field in place of Raul Ibanez/Andruw Jones and hit at the bottom of the batting order. Essentially, the Yankees are viewing him as the replacement for injured left fielder Brett Gardner, out for the season with an elbow injury. The way Ichiro has played this season the comparison really doesn't fit, but perhaps being in a pennant race will rejuvenate the 38-year-old player.