Ichiro Suzuki could be playing in left field for New York Yankees, but his trade to the Bronx didn't originate there.
Suzuki, who was traded to the Yankees on Monday in exchange for minor league pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar, said he asked the Seattle Mariners several weeks ago to consider trading him. That request eventually led to interest from the Yankees, who found out last week that left fielder Brett Gardner will probably miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury.
Still, the idea of playing for a team with the best record in baseball has made Suzuki eager to start a new chapter in his career.
“I am going from a team with the most losses to a team with the most wins,” he said through an interpreter at a news conference. “It's hard to contain my excitement for that reason.”