A mid-season trade to the New York Yankees rejuvenated outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. He was one of the few Yankees to be productive during the American League Championship Series, batting .353 including a home run in Game 1.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post is reporting that Ichiro “strongly wants to stay” with the Yankees.
Ichiro posted a .322/.340/.454 batting line and tallied 14 stolen bases in 67 games this season with New York. Quite an improvement over his .260/.288/.353 line he had in 85 games with the Seattle Mariners.
This season was Ichiro’s first post season appearance since his rookie season with Seattle in 2001. Ichiro made $17 million this season. A new deal could range between $5 million and $8 million.
If the Yankees do opt to re-sign Ichiro it would likely push Brett Gardner to a bench spot.