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[12/9/2013] Yoshinori Tateyama, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Dec.09, 2013 @ 11:02 pm, under MLB

Thirty-seven-year-old pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama is not ready to retire or return to Japan and will try to find a home with a new team in the United States next year.

"The Rangers and Yankees were championship-caliber teams and had deep bullpens, so there was not much that could be done," Tateyama said.  "I am not thinking about a return to Japan right now.  I just want to wait for a good offer [from the United States]."

He added, "I have no problems throwing the ball.  I am sure the only offers I get will be minor league deals, but my goal is to make it back to the Majors.  I will do my best to be ready for the start of spring training."

Source: Sponichi 12/9/2013

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The Star-Ledger's Andy McCullough on Ichiro Suzuki:

Perhaps the most redundant player on the Yankees roster is 40-year-old outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. The organization possesses a surplus of outfielders, with four players capable of starting every day: Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner and Alfonso Soriano.

... the Yankees owe him $6.5 million for 2014. As the team teeters on the brink of the $189 million luxury-tax threshold, every dollar counts. Thus the organization would be willing to trade him this week at the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The trouble is finding a trade partner. Asked if the team could recoup any sort of asset in deal for Suzuki, one rival executive was dismissive. "Doubtful," the executive said, which is the general consensus of talent evaluators polled by The Star-Ledger.

Source: Star-Ledger 12/8/2013