Ichiro Suzuki Traded To New York Yankees For Pitchers DJ Mitchell & Danny Farquhar

The Seattle Mariners have traded Ichiro to the New York Yankees in exchange for a few pitching prospects.

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Ichiro Trade: Mariners Discussed Deal With Giants, White Sox

The Seattle Mariners ended up sending beloved outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees, but the club had plenty of other discussions with various teams around the league. According to a tweet from Buster Olney of ESPN, the Giants and White Sox were both deep in discussion with the Mariners to acquire Ichiro.

The final hurdle likely had to do with money and need. The Giants don't really have a need for another outfielder capable of starting, while the White Sox couldn't afford to take on too much payroll with hopes to acquire a front-end starting pitcher.

Ichiro appears happy in New York and the Mariners did themselves a favor by letting him go. For as much as he's done for the franchise over the years, it was simply time to go in a different direction in Seattle.

For more on the Mariners, head over to Lookout Landing.

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The Seattle Twitterverse Reacts to Ichiro Trade

SBNation's brilliant youtube video about the internet's reaction to Ichiro just about sums up everybody's reaction as perfectly as possible.

Everyone knew that the Mariners were one of the "seller" teams in the upcoming trade deadline. But there probably aren't that many individuals who can honestly say they saw this one coming. They maybe saw Jason Vargas coming. Or Brandon League circa last year coming. Or maybe even one of the vaunted young arms in the minor leagues. But Ichiro Suzuki?! The man, who despite showing an obvious case of an aging and declining skillset, still seems like he is immortal and belongs in the next sequel to "Wrath of the Titans"?

Not only that, the Mariners once again shipped someone off to the New York Yankees. The hated New York Yankees. Thing is, it isn't like the New York Yankees have done anything to the Mariners to make them extra hated - or any more hated than any other team should be. We took Jesus Montero from them and gave them a broken pitcher. Sure, they have A-Rod, but he had already soiled his good name by cashing in on his now famous 10 year $900 billion contract the Texas Rangers gave him. In fact, if anything, the New York Yankees are one of the sole good memories of being a Seattle Mariners fan. 1995 anyone?

Twitter is an interesting beast, and it shines best in situations like this Ichiro trade that came out of left field. Twitter does best when people are limited by 140 characters to express an amount of emotion that would take up 140 pages. Ichiro - regardless or where you stand in his relation to the Seattle Mariners as a team now - is one of the most important baseball players this city has ever had. He will be held in the same regard as Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Randy Johnson, Alvin Davis, and every other Mariners great. Ichiro was a trend setter. He proved that Japanese players can not only compete in the MLB, but they can thrive, and make an absolute mockery of all their American counterparts in the process.

Here is the reaction from some Twitter residents of the Emerald City, wishing the face of the franchise a good bye over the interwebs.

Talk about the Ichiro trade by heading on over to Lookout Landing to talk with Mariners fans, and Pinstripe Alley to talk with Yankees fans.

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Ichiro Bats 8th For Yankees Tonight; Playing Right Field; Wearing Number 31

Tonight is the first for a lot of things for Ichiro Suzuki. It will be the first time he has played left field in a long time. Twitter was misinformed, Ichiro will indeed play right field. It will be the first time he has batted eighth in the line-up for a long time. It will be the first time he has worn the fabled pinstripe uniform. It will also be the first time that he bats in the top of the inning at Safeco Field.

Ichiro was traded earlier this afternoon to the New York Yankees for minor league pitchers DJ Mitchell and Danny Fahrquar. The Mariners are picking up approximately 2/3 of Ichiro's salary this year as well.

At a press conference earlier today, Ichiro spoke in his standard Ichiro way, vague and indirect answers about his career in Seattle, but it is clear that he holds the team who helped him pave the way for Japanese born position players everywhere in high regard.

The real question that is now lingering in Seattle is what is happening with the team - specifically the ownership group. As the Mariners have consistently slashed payroll for the past few years, it has long been rumored amongst bloggers and MLB insiders that the Mariners are possibly setting themselves up for a sale. The team is in a prime position, owing virtually no money on the state of the art stadium they play in and having turned a profit every year - including recent years where the team lost 100 plus games.

However, CEO Howard Lincoln was quick to dispel those rumors.

Talk about the Ichiro trade by heading on over to Lookout Landing to talk with Mariners fans, and Pinstripe Alley to talk with Yankees fans.

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Ichiro Requested Trade Months Ago

The Seattle Mariners have been in a rebuilding session for the past decade or so, and with Ichiro Suzuki nearing the end of his contract this year, his future with the only MLB team he has known remained a bit murky. Add in his constantly declining offensive skill set, and it really isn't that much of a surprise in the grand scheme of things to realize that a trade could possibly happen.

The odd thing of course is imaging Ichiro in any other jersey but a Mariners one. But according to Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln, Ichiro requested a trade months ago.

Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln says Ichiro requested trade several weeks ago | Mariners Blog | The Seattle Times

"Several weeks ago, Ichiro Suzuki, through his long time agent, Tony Attanasio, approached Chuck Armstrong and me to ask that the Mariners consider trading him. Ichiro knows that the club is building for the future, and he felt that what was best for the team was to be traded to another club and give our younger players an opportunity to develop.

The trade still comes as a surprise though, considering it was only last week when General Manager Jack Zduriencik had to quickly backpeddle on the statement that he expected Ichiro to return in a Mariners jersey in 2013.

But like the zenmaster that he is, Ichiro was well aware of his situation and the situation of the team he has spent his entire MLB career with. The Mariners are in the process of rebuilding, and with that comes inevitably going younger.

Talk about the Ichiro trade by heading on over to Lookout Landing to talk with Mariners fans, and Pinstripe Alley to talk with Yankees fans.

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Ichiro Will Wear New Number As a Yankee; Will Play Tonight Against Mariners

It isn't exactly a blockbuster trade in terms of talent, but as far as gravity goes you probably won't find a larger one this trading season. For the second time in a year, the Mariners are sending a fan favorite over to the Yankees, although the circumstances of it are quite a bit different.

But the news is slowly trickling in - and #51, or at least he used to be #51, will be playing against the Mariners tonight at Safeco Field. Ichiro's first at-bat tonight, the only at-bat he will have made not wearing a Mariners uniform, will quite possibly be the most surreal story in sports of the year.

From the get-go, it looks like the Yankees are really coming away with a steal of a trade here - assuming Ichiro can regain a bit of his old-form. The Mariners will be paying close to 2/3 of Ichiro's remaining contract with the Yankees picking up the rest.

Talk about the Ichiro trade by heading on over to Lookout Landing to talk with Mariners fans, and Pinstripe Alley to talk with Yankees fans.

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Ichiro Suzuki Traded To New York Yankees For Pitchers DJ Mitchell & Danny Farquhar

The Seattle Mariners have traded Ichiro to the New York Yankees in exchange for a few pitching prospects.

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