Yankees, Ichiro close to agreement

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Veteran will rejoin Yankee outfield.

The New York Yankees will re-sign outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. Craig Carton of WFAN was the first to report the deal. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman have both confirmed the reports. They are still working out the specifics of the contract.

Suzuki, 39, came to the Yankees at the trade deadline last season after spending 11 ½ years with the Seattle Mariners. The move to the Yankees seemed to reignite his career as he hit .322/.340/.454 after joining the team. Ichiro also hit .353 with a home run in the 2012 ALCS. He was the only Yankee regular to hit above .250 in the series. Overall he hit .283/.307/.390 with 29 stolen bases in 2012.

For his career, Ichiro has has hit .322/.365/.419 with 2,606 hits, 104 home runs and 452 stolen bases. Suzuki is a 10-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner. He also won both the American League MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in 2001.

Suzuki will join Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson in the Yankee outfield. Nick Swisher is not expected to return. The Yankees also completed a one-year deal on Tuesday with third baseman Kevin Youkilis.

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