With the additions of both Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, the New York Yankees have significantly improved their outfield – at least offensively. Of course, the additions have now made some of their previous outfielders available, including Ichiro Suzuki who according to Chad Jennings has had his name thrown around in potential trade talks:
According to one rival executive, the Yankees have also mentioned Ichiro Suzuki’s name in trade talks. There’s no indication that any sort of Ichiro trade is close, and his trade value is minimal at best. One baseball source questioned how well Ichiro would adjust to a fourth outfielder role, which is the way most teams are likely to value him.
Ichiro is due $6.5 million dollars for the upcoming season, not exactly a hot committee for a player who had a sub .300 on base percentage last year.
There are teams out there who’d likely be willing to take a flier on Suzuki, though, the return would be quite minimal for New York and teams could ask the Yankees to pay a portion of Suzuki’s salary in addition.
New York would likely have far better success in moving Brett Gardner.