Agent: Ichiro Wishes To Remain With Yankees
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Ichiro Suzuki fit nicely into pinstripes after joining the Yankees in July and according to his agent Tony Attanasio, he wants to remain in the Bronx.
Attansio spoke to the New York Post on Saturday:
“They are going after pitching first which is what the Yankees normally do,” Attanasio said. “There has been a lot of interest [from teams], but he enjoyed playing for the Yankees so much it’s hard for him to say no to the Yankees. His preference is to stay there instead of going someplace else, but we will wait and see.”
In 67 games as a Yankee, Ichiro batted .322 with 5 home runs and 27 RBIs in 227 at-bats. He logged a .340 on-base percentage.
Ichiro was only paid $2 million of the $18 million dollars he made last year by the Yankees. The 39-year-old will have to take a significant pay cut to remain with the Yankees who are in the process of lowering their payroll.
The Yankees showed an interest in Torii Hunter, but felt two-years was too much and Hunter joined the Detroit Tigers.
As Attansio mentioned, others teams have expressed an interest in signing Ichiro — but it seems he’ll stay with the Yankees if their offer is reasonable.
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