Ichiro, N.Y. near deal

TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2012

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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