Ichiro a great pickup
Yes, there will be more jokes about the Yankees’ age as the newly acquired Ichiro Suzuki is 39 years old. He is the same age as Raul Ibanez, part of the platoon in left that Ichiro will be replacing. And it is not like Ibanez is going away. Ibanez and Andruw Jones will go back to mostly the DH position, which is where they belong. The one loss of the deal is that Ibanez and Eric Chavez will not be in the same lineup as often. But Ichiro adds a speed element to the Yankees’ offense that has been missing since Brett Gardner‘s elbow started hurting. And Ichiro compares somewhat favorably to what Gardner brought to the table.