(SportsData) — The New York Yankees officially brought outfielder Ichiro Suzuki back into the fold by announcing a two-year, $13 million deal late Tuesday night. Suzuki, who came to the Yankees from the Seattle Mariners in a trade for two minor-league pitchers on July 23, figures to be New York’s starting right fielder in 2013.
“The Yankees are the kind of team that I always envisioned being a part of,” Suzuki said in a statement. “Everyone in the world of competition has a strong desire to win, but the Yankees also have an atmosphere where losing is not an option. These two observations may sound similar, but I believe it is a rarity to find both coexisting in the same organization.”
Suzuki had spent his entire 12-year major-league career with the Mariners prior to the trade. He hit .283 with nine home runs 29 stolen bases and 55 RBI overall last season, hitting .322 with 14 steals in 67 games following the swap. The 39-year-old is a career .322 hitter with 104 homers, 660 RBI and 452 steals.
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