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Mariners trade Ichiro to Yankees for two prospects

SEATTLE – The Seattle Mariners announced today that they have acquired a pair of minor league prospects from the New York Yankees in exchange for right fielder Ichiro Suzuki. Cash considerations are also included in this trade.

 

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The Mariners have received right-handed pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar from the Yankees. Mitchell (40-man) and Farquhar (non-40-man) will both report to AAA Tacoma. The Mariners 40-man roster remains full at 40.

 

Mitchell, 25, has spent most of the season pitching with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 6-4 with a 5.04 ERA (48 ER, 85.2 IP) in 15 games, 14 starts. He limited opponents to a .261 (85x326) average, while walking 29 and striking out 72. Mitchell made his Major League debut this season with New York on May 5 vs. Baltimore, allowing 2 hits and striking out 1 in 1.0 scoreless inning. He appeared in 4 games in relief, going 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA (2 ER, 4.2 IP) over two stints with the Yankees, April 29-May 4 and June 30-July 18.  Mitchell was originally selected by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. He was rated the #16 prospect in the New York organization by Baseball America entering this season.

 

In four minor league season, Mitchell is 44-24 with a 3.56 ERA (213 ER, 538.0 IP) in 94 games, 87 starts. He has limited opponents to a .253 average (511x2019), while walking 200 and striking out 421.

 

Farquhar, 25, has split the 2012 season between the Toronto, Oakland and New York (AL) organizations. This season he has combined to go 2-3 with 5 saves and a 3.33 ERA (19 ER, 51.1 IP) with 54 strikeouts in 32 games, all in relief. He was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round of the 2008 June Amateur Draft out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

 

In five minor league seasons he is a combined 14-17 with 59 saves and a 3.06 ERA (96 ER, 282.2 IP) with 290 strikeouts in 280 relief appearances. He made his Major League debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011, tossing 2.0 innings in three appearances.

 

Ichiro, 38, is a 10-time American League All-Star who tops the Mariners franchise in hits, runs scored, triples and at-bats.  He was the American League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year in 2001, his first for the Mariners after nine seasons with the Orix Blue Wave of Japan’s Pacific League. 

 

After leading the Pacific League in batting and winning Gold Gloves during all seven of his full seasons, Ichiro became the first position player to play and succeed in the United States. He led the American League in batting average twice and the Major Leagues in hits seven times (tying Ty Cobb and Pete Rose for the most all-time). His 10 consecutive seasons (2001-2010) with 200 or more hits is also a Major League record, including a record 262 hits in 2004. The rightfielder owns a long list of Mariners club records as well as all-time MLB marks.

 

Internationally, Ichiro was instrumental in two World Baseball Classic titles won by Japan in 2006 and 2009. He is now in the final season of a five-year agreement, currently batting .261 with 4 home runs, 28 runs batted in and 15 stolen bases.

 

Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln said, “On behalf of our ownership group and everyone in the Seattle Mariners organization, I thank Ichiro for the great career he’s had here in Seattle.

 

“Several weeks ago, Ichiro Suzuki, through his long time agent, Tony Attanasio, approached Chuck Armstrong and me to ask that the Mariners consider trading him. 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.

 

“Ichiro will be missed. He owns a long list of Major League Baseball and Mariners club records, has earned many prestigious awards, and in my opinion, he will someday be a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

“I know that  I speak for all of Ichiro’s fans, both here in the Pacific Northwest, around this country and also throughout Japan, in wishing him and his wife Yumiko the very best as he continues his baseball career with the Yankees.”

 

Statistics for all three players involved in today’s trade follow:

 

ICHIRO’s PLAYING RECORD

 

YEAR     CLUB                         AVG        G       AB      R        H        TB      2B    3B     HR      RBI     SH      SF     HB       BB     SO     SB   CS   SLG     OBP

1992      Orix                            .366       58      238    42      87      110        6      4        3        16        0        0        0        23      16      10      4   .462     .421

              ORIX                          .253       40        95      4      24        29        5      0        0          5        0        0        0          3      11        3      2   .305     .276

1993      Orix                            .371       48      186    38      69      119      14      6        8        23        0        0        1        25      14      11      9   .640     .448

              ORIX                          .188       43        64      4      12        17        2      0        1          3        0        0        0          2        7        0      2   .266     .212

1994      ORIX                          .385     130      546  111    210      300      41      5      13        54        0        0      10        51      53      29      7   .549     .446

1995      ORIX                          .342     130      524  104    179      285      23      4      25        80        0        0      18        68      52      49      9   .544     .434

1996      ORIX                          .356     130      542  104    193      273      24      4      16        84        0        0        9        56      57      35      3   .504     .425

1997      ORIX                          .345     135      536    94    185      275      31      4      17        91        0        0        4        62      36      39      4   .513     .417

1998      ORIX                          .358     135      506    79    181      262      36      3      13        71        0        0        7        43      35      11      4   .518     .415

1999      ORIX                          .343     103      411    80    141      235      27      2      21        68        0        0        7        45      46      12      1   .572     .417

2000      ORIX                          .387     105      395    73    153      213      22      1      12        73        0        0        4        54      36      21      1   .539     .466

2001      SEATTLE                   .350     157      692  127    242      316      34      8        8        69        4        4        8        30      53      56    14   .457     .381

2002      SEATTLE                   .321     157      647  111    208      275      27      8        8        51        3        5        5        68      62      31    15   .425     .388

2003      SEATTLE                   .312     159      679  111    212      296      29      8      13        62        3        1        6        36      69      34      8   .436     .352

2004      SEATTLE                   .372     161      704  101    262      320      24      5        8        60        2        3        4        49      63      36    11   .455     .414

2005      SEATTLE                   .303     162      679  111    206      296      21    12      15        68        2        6        4        48      66      33      8   .436     .350

2006      SEATTLE                   .322     161      695  110    224      289      20      9        9        49        1        2        5        49      71      45      2   .416     .370

2007      SEATTLE                   .351     161      678  111    238      292      22      7        6        68        4        2        3        49      77      37      8   .431     .396

2008      SEATTLE                   .310     162      686  103    213      265      20      7        6        42        3        4        5        51      65      43      4   .386     .361

2009      SEATTLE                   .352     146      639    88    225      297      31      4      11        46        2        1        4        32      71      26      9   .465     .386

2010      SEATTLE                   .315     162      680    74    214      268      30      3        6        43        3        1        3        45      86      42      9   .394     .359

2011      SEATTLE                   .272     161      677    80    184      227      22      3        5        47        1        4        0        39      69      40      7   .335     .310

2012      SEATTLE                   .261       95      402    49    105      142      15      5        4        28        0        4        0        17        4      15      2   .353     .288

Japan Totals                            .353     951    3619  653  1278    1889    211    23    118      529        0        0      59      384    333    199    33   .522     .424

ML Totals                                .322   1844    7858 1176  2533    3283    295    79      99      633      28      37      47      513    756    438    97   .418     .366

 

DIVISION SERIES

YEAR     CLUB                         AVG        G       AB      R        H        TB      2B    3B     HR      RBI     SH      SF     HB       BB     SO     SB   CS   SLG     OBP

2001      SEA vs. CLE              .600         5        20      4      12        13        1      0        0          2        0        0        0          1        0        1      2   .650     .619

 

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

YEAR     CLUB                         AVG        G       AB      R        H        TB      2B    3B     HR      RBI     SH      SF     HB       BB     SO     SB   CS   SLG     OBP

2001      SEA vs. NYY              .222         5        18      3        4          5        1      0        0          1        0        0        0          4        4        2      0   .278     .364

 

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

YEAR     CLUB                         AVG        G       AB      R        H        TB      2B    3B     HR      RBI     SH      SF     HB       BB     SO     SB   CS   SLG     OBP

2006      Japan                        .364         8        33      7      12        16        1      0        1          5        2        2        1          4        1        4      0   .485     .425

2009      Japan                        .273         9        44      7      12        16        2      1        0          5        0        0        0          0        2        1      0   .364     .273

WBC Totals                             .312       17        77    14      24        32        3      1        1        10        2        2        1          4        3        5      0   .416     .345

 

ALL-STAR GAME

YEAR     CLUB, SITE               AVG        G       AB      R        H        TB      2B    3B     HR      RBI     SH      SF     HB       BB     SO     SB   CS   SLG     OBP

2001      AL, Seattle                 .333         1          3      0        1          1        0      0        0          0        0        0        0          0        0        0      0   .333     .333

2002      AL, Milwaukee            .000         1          2      0        0          0        0      0        0          0        0        0        0          0        0        0      0   .000     .000

2003      AL, Chicago (AL)        .000         1          1      1        0          0        0      0        0          0        0        0        0          2        0        0      0   .000     .667

2004      AL, Houston               .250         1          4      1        1          2        1      0        0          0        0        0        0          0        0        0      0   .500     .250

2005      AL, Detroit                  .500         1          2      0        1          1        0      0        0          2        0        0        0          0        0        0      0   .500     .500

2006      AL, Pittsburgh            .000         1          3      0        0          0        0      0        0          0        0        0        0          0        1        0      0   .000     .000

2007      AL, San Francisco    1.000         1          3      1        3          6        0      0        1          2        0        0        0          0        0        0      0 2.000   1.000

2008      AL, New York             .333         1          3      0        1          1        0      0        0          0        0        0        0          0        1        0      0   .333     .333

2009      AL, St. Louis              .333         1          3      0        1          1        0      0        0          0        0        0        0          0        0        0      0   .333     .333

2010      AL, Anaheim              .000         1          2      0        0          0        0      0        0          0        0        0        0          0        1        0      0   .000     .000

ASG Totals                              .308       10        26      3        8        11        1      0        1          4        0        0        0          2        3        0      0   .423     .357

 

FARQUHAR’s PLAYING RECORD

 

YEAR     CLUB                         W-L       ERA         G       GS     CG     SHO     SV             IP        H        R     ER       HR     HB         BB       SO    WP     BK

2008      Auburn                        2-2       2.39        12          0        0          0        0         26.1      20      10        7          1        3            6        27        2        0

              Lansing                       0-0       0.00          3          0        0          0        0           6.0        0        1        0          0        1            2          4        1        0

2009      Dunedin                      1-0       0.53        17          0        0          0        7         17.0      10        4        1          0        1          11        23        2        0

              New Hampshire           1-4       2.36        37          0        0          0      15         45.2      31      15      12          1        5          30        51        4        0

2010      New Hampshire           4-3       3.52        53          0        0          0      17         76.2      50      32      30          7        8          42        79        3        0

2011      Sacramento                0-0       0.00          4          0        0          0        1           8.0        7        1        0          0        2            3          9        0        0

              Las Vegas                  4-5       4.70        50          0        0          0      14         51.2      63      32      27          4        4          18        43        2        0

              TORONTO                  0-0     13.50          3          0        0          0        0           2.0        4        4        3          0        0            2          1        0        0

2012      New Hampshire           0-1       2.97        20          0        0          0        1         30.1      28      14      10          2        3          10        33        1        0

              Sacramento                1-2     10.13          5          0        0          0        0           8.0      10        9        9          1        2            6          6        0        0

              Trenton                       1-0       0.00          6          0        0          0        4         11.0        2        0        0          0        0            0        14        0        0

              Scranton/WB              0-0       0.00          1          0        0          0        0           2.0        0        0        0          0        0            0          1        0        0

Minor Lg Totals                     14-17       3.06      208          0        0          0      59       282.2    221    118      96        16      29        128      290      15        0

ML Totals                                 0-0     13.50          3          0        0          0        0           2.0        4        4        3          0        0            2          1        0        0

 

MITCHELL’s PLAYING RECORD

 

YEAR     CLUB                         W-L       ERA         G       GS     CG     SHO     SV             IP        H        R     ER       HR     HB         BB       SO    WP     BK

2009      Charleston                  4-1       1.95          6          6        0          0        0         37.0      31      16        8          1        1            6        42        5        0

              Tampa                        8-6       2.87        19        18        1          0        0       103.1      93      41      33          1        8          38        83      10        1

2010      Trenton                     11-4       4.06        23        22        0          0        0       133.0    128      69      60        11        6          57        96      12        2

              Scranton/WB              2-0       3.57          3          3        0          0        0         17.2      19        7        7          0        0            7        16        2        1

2011      Scranton/WB            13-9       3.18        28        24        3          2        0       161.1    155      60      57        10        9          63      112      16        0

2012      Scranton/WB              6-4       5.04        15        14        0          0        0         85.2      85      49      48          8        6          29        72        3        1

              NEW YORK (AL)         0-0       3.86          4          0        0          0        0           4.2        7        2        2          1        0            3          2        1        0

Minor Lg Totals                     44-24       3.56        94        87        4          2        0       538.0    511    242    213        31      30        200      421      48        5

ML Totals                                 0-0       3.86          4          0        0          0        0           4.2        7        2        2          1        0            3          2        1        0

 

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