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Ichiro, N.Y. near deal

Tue., Dec. 11, 2012, midnight

The New York Yankees and outfielder Ichiro Suzuki could be reunited by the end of the week. The two sides are nearing completion on a one-year deal, according to several reports published Monday, which would give the Yankees a stopgap replacement for free agent Nick Swisher. Ichiro (pictured) appeared rejuvenated following his midseason trade from the Mariners, hitting .322 in 67 games and making a smooth transition into a Yankees clubhouse filled with fellow veterans. After making his first postseason appearance since 2001, the 39-year-old made no secret about enjoying his time in New York, opening the door for a potential return. Ichiro would give the Yankees three left-handed-hitting outfielders. – Newsday

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