NEW YORK, NY (PIX11)—Ichiro Suzuki, 38, as of Monday is no longer a Mariner, after the New York Yankees acquired the 10-time All-Star outfielder and put him on the roster to play against the only professional U.S. team on which he had ever played before.
The announcement was made ahead of the Yankees' three-game series in Seattle, which started Monday. Ichiro joined the Bronx Bombers hours before the game, and was dressed in pinstripes for the opener, according to MLB.com.
Ichiro was the Mariners' leader in batting average and hits. He was the first Japanese-born position player, and in 2001 he was named the American League's MVP and Rookie of the Year, only the second player to ever achieve both distinctions in the same season.
The deal sent right handers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar over to the Mariners.