Sep 25, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (31) singles to right during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Rays won 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: New York Yankees likely to keep Ichiro

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With the additions of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran this offseason, the New York Yankees had a roster crunch in their outfield.

They alleviated a portion of that problem on Friday afternoon when they designated Vernon Wells for assignment, clearing a spot on their 40-man roster in addition to cleaning up the outfield logjam.

The move to rid themselves of Wells also suggests that they likely plan to keep Ichiro Suzuki, who will provide insurance off the bench:

The problem for the Yankees, if they were to consider trading him, would be getting a team to pay a portion of the $6.5 million he’s owed in 2014.

But, for now, the absence of Wells gives Suzuki a better chance at staying in pinstripes.

Considering the Yankees would essentially be forced to pay to rid themselves on the former superstar, there’s little reason to trade him – at least not at this point. If at a time the Yankees need an additional roster spot, then they could either release him or attempt to trade him but right now, paying to remove him from the roster doesn’t make much sense.

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