The New York Yankees re-signed outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, a 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner for his defensive prowess, to a two-year contract.
Suzuki, a Major League Baseball All-Star every year from 2001 to 2010 while playing for the Seattle Mariners, was traded to New York in July and hit .322 with five home runs, 27 runs batted in and 14 stolen bases in 67 games with the Yankees.
Contract details weren’t given by the Yankees in a news release announcing the agreement last night. The deal is for a total of $12 million to $13 million and Suzuki, 39, turned down bigger offers from other clubs as a free agent, ESPN cited an unidentified person in baseball who was briefed on the negotiations as saying last week.
“I believe the Yankees organization appreciates that there is a difference between a 39-year-old who has played relying only on talent, and a 39-year-old who has prepared, practiced and thought thoroughly through many experiences for their craft,” Suzuki said in the statement. “I am very thankful, and I will do my best to deliver on their expectations.”
Suzuki, a left-handed hitter, has a .322 career batting average and ranks second among active players with 452 stolen bases, trailing only Juan Pierre’s 591 steals. He has 2,606 career hits, having recorded at least 150 hits in each of his first 12 seasons in the major leagues.
The 2001 American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player after coming to Seattle from Japan, Suzuki is a two-time AL batting champion and has led or tied for the major league lead in hits seven times to tie Pete Rose and Ty Cobb for the career record.