Ichiro took less money to stay with the Bronx Bombers
The 39-year-old Ichiro hit .322 with five homers, 27 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 67 games for the Yankees, after being acquired from the Seattle Mariners on July 23.
Ichiro has 2,606 hits, two batting titles, 10 All-Star Game selections in his 12 year MLB career.
Ichiro had drawn interest from other teams including the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants, who reportedly may have offered larger contracts, but Ichiro was happy as a Yankee and wanted to re-sign with New York.
The team is reportedly looking to add a right-handed option, although the list of options is limited on the free-agent market.
The Yankees are committed to cutting payroll below $189 million by 2014, and would not be interested in long-term deals for a solution to adding a right-handed bat.
Making a trade could be a more viable option. Mike Morse of the Washington Nationals is said to be on the trading block and Morse would be a perfect fit for the Yankees . The team could have interest in Scott Hairston as well.
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