Better than nothing...
His numbers with the Yankees are very misleading. He was only good at Yankee Stadium. One the road he was poor.
117 ABs @ Yankee Stadium- .358/.380/.564
109 ABs on the road with the Yankees- .284/.318/.339
Overall he was a poor hitter. The past three seasons he's been on the decline offensively and I don't expect him to hit that well except at Yankee Stadium. I'm sure he'll have misleading stats again that'll make him look better than he is because of Yankee Stadium.
Ichiro for 2 years?
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are still positive they'll retain Ichiro Suzuki, but they'll need to go to two years in order to get a deal done.
The Yankees were hoping to bring him back on a one-year contract, but expectations have changed in part because the Phillies were willing to offer a two-year, $14 million deal. Ichiro turned 38 in October and batted .283/.307/.390 this past season between the Mariners and Yankees.
They could front load the hell out of it, and make it a one year deal. But it will end up costing them more, because of their luxury tax penalty.
If they want to be under it for next year. Ichiro will likely be a bench player, and need to take very little money.
Maybe if he would take something like 2/8, but the first year is 7 million. But I don't think that matters, I believe the luxury tax is per AAV (someone correct me if I'm wrong). So then it would still be 4 mil on their books.
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RT @JonHeymanCBS: ichiro, yankees deal will be for between $12-13M, still working on structure.
this sounds like 2 years and $13 MIL total, not the $13 MIL per season it sounded like before.Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Yankees and Ichiro Suzuki have agreed to a two-year, $13 million deal.
Ichiro turned down two two-year deals for a bit more money in order to re-sign with the Yankees. In all likelihood, it's probably the last contract the 39-year-old will sign. Ichiro batted .283/.307/.390 with nine homers and 29 steals this past season between the Mariners and Yankees. He'll fill one of the corner outfield spots for the Bombers.
http://forums.prosportsdaily.com/sho...6&postcount=16 And my post you quoted was in response to someone who said he bounced back as a Yankee and I was arguing he didn't.
But still, why sign a player that's good only 50% of the time and especially for 6.5M/year? Not a good move.