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Mariners Trade Ichiro To Yankees

Ichiro asked to be traded for the best of the team

The Seattle Mariners announced just after 3:30 p.m. they have traded right fielder Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees.

According to Seattle Times Mariners beat reporter Geoff Baker, CEO Howard Lincoln says Ichiro requested a trade several weeks ago. "Ichiro knows that the club is building for the future, and he felt that what was best for the team was to be traded to another club and give our younger players an opportunity to develop."

The Yankees will send right-handers DJ Mitchell and Danny Farquhar to Seattle in exchange for Suzuki, the Japanese superstar with 2,533 career Major League hits in 12 seasons with the Mariners. The deal also includes cash considerations.

The Yankees and Mariners will play Monday night at 10:10 p.m. ET at Safeco Field, so Suzuki will simply walk over to the other side of the ballpark and line up against the only American club for which he's ever played.

Mitchell, 25, has spent most of the season with Triple-A Scranton. He is 6-4 with a 5.04 ERA in 15 games this season at Triple-A. He also made four appearances in the Majors this season, posting a 3.86 ERA.

Farquhar is also 25 years old. He has spent the 2012 season in the Minor League systems of three clubs, the Blue Jays, A's and Yankees. He has combined to go 2-3, with a 3.33 ERA and five saves in 32 games.

**Information for this story was provided by the Seattle Mariners.***

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