|The Yankees this week learned that speedy left fielder Brett Gardner will not return this season, so they filled his roster spot with perhaps the best option available on the trade market: Mariners veteran right fielder Ichiro Suzuki. The acquisition cost the Yankees only a pair of Triple-A righty relievers, D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar, and Seattle included roughly $4.5 million in the transaction, which leaves New York on the hook for a little more than $2 million owed Suzuki this season.
Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln indicated in a press release that Suzuki had requested a trade if it would help Seattle build for the future. The 38-year-old Suzuki, a two-time American League batting champ who holds the single-season record with 262 hits, was batting .261/.288/.353 in 402 at-bats this season—though he led the AL with five triples. His production has dwindled every year since 2009, but he fits right in with the Yankees as a member of a reserve corps that already includes former stars such as Eric Chavez, Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones, a group that with Suzuki has appeared in 16 all-star games between them. Suzuki will be a free agent in November, free to re-sign with the Mariners if he so chooses.
|D.J. Mitchell, rhp
Age: 25. Born: May 13, 1987 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 160.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Yankees in 10th round of 2008 draft; signed Aug. 8, 2008.
Mitchell could slide right into the Mariners’ bullpen mix as a sinker/curveball reliever, though he throws enough strikes to survive as a No. 5 starter. He ranges from 88-91 mph and lives at the bottom of the strike zone with his sinker, and he’s learned to trust his low-80s changeup more this season.
|Danny Farquhar, rhp
Age: 25. Born: Feb 17, 1987 in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Ht.: 5-9. Wt.: 180.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Blue Jays in 10th round of 2008 draft; signed June 30, 2008 … Traded by Blue Jays with RHP Trystan Magnuson to Athletics for OF Rajai Davis, Nov. 17, 2010 … Traded by Athletics to Blue Jays for LHP David Purcey, April 18, 2011 … Claimed on waivers by Athletics from Blue Jays, June 9, 2012 … Claimed on waivers by Yankees from Athletics, June 26, 2012.
Farquhar has gone through the waiver process twice this season, landing with the Athletics in early June and the Yankees later that month, meaning that the Mariners, given their waiver priority, had two previous opportunities to acquire him for the $50,000 waiver fee (provided they had room on the 40-man roster). Farquhar didn’t walk a batter or allow a run in his 13 innings in the Yankees organization, though he got hit hard in five appearances at Triple-A with the Athletics. He throws from two different arm angles—high three-quarters and sidearm—confounding righthanded batters at the lower angle with a sweeping slider and solid-average fastball velocity. Farquhar tops out near 94 mph from the higher angle but lacks a put-away pitcher against lefties.
|Ichiro Suzuki, rf
Age: 38. Bats: L. Remaining Commitment: Under contract for $17 million this season, which works out to approximately $2.8 million per month. Mariners included about $4.5 million of $6.7 million still owed this season.
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.