Ichiro, Yankees agree to two-year deal

12/14/2012 9:35 AM ET
By Jon Lane

Ichiro excelled with the Yankees after he was acquired from the Seattle Mariners.(AP)

According to a report by's Jon Heyman, the Yankees have reached an agreement with Ichiro Suzuki on a two-year contract worth about $13 million.

In the process, the 39-year-old Japanese star reportedly turned down a two-year, $14 million offer from another team.

Acquired in a late July trade from the Seattle Mariners, Ichiro batted .322 in 67 games with the Yankees after hitting just .261 in Seattle. His cumulative numbers were a .283 average and a .307 on-base percentage.

Ichiro, for now, is expected to be the Yankees' everyday right fielder, though the team would like to acquire a right-handed bat and has had eyes on free agent outfielder Scott Hairston.

Nick Swisher, who spent four seasons in the Bronx, is another free agent and is not expected to return.

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