Justin Upton, Shane Victorino, and Denard Span were the outfielders most closely associated with the Yankees as the trade deadline approaches. Instead, they got a 38-year-old Ichiro Suzuki.
Don’t get me wrong… Ichiro isn’t a bad player. He’s just a bad hitter. His .261 batting average is not to stellar, especially with a .288 OBP and only 4 home runs.
The upside to Ichiro is that he can still field his position solidly and he can still run decently. He has a Fielding Percentage of .995 and 15 stolen bases.
On a positive note, the Yankees got him for practically nothing. DJ Mitchell is a good AAA pitcher and Danny Farquhar was picked up off waivers in June. That’s not Major League talent right there.
Ichiro will be hitting ninth for the Yankees tonight in Seattle.