While the New York Yankees look like the favorites to re-sign Ichiro Suzuki, it would not be shocking to seem him land elsewhere. The veteran outfielder proved during his tenure with New York that he still has something left in the tank. He proved that he can be productive for just about any team that wants him. And one of those teams that could be a fit may be the Philadelphia Phillies.
David Waldstein of the New York times suggested the fit via Twitter. This is not a rumored suitor (please do not confuse suggestions and rumors), but rather it's something that could be plausible should Ichiro not sign with the Yankees.
Gotta figure ichiro prefers Yankees, but Phillies special advisor Pat Gillick wasGM in Seattle when Ichiro came over so a connection there
— David Waldstein (@DavidWaldstein) December 13, 2012
Ichiro has always been fond of his time in Seattle. He asked the Mariners to trade him this past season so they could move on and not feel obligated to pay him because of all he had done there. Of course, he also wanted to play for a contender. Part of his fondness, though, comes from Gillick's handling of the team while he was in Seattle.
The connection may be a stretch, but Philadelphia realized in the second half of last season, they may not have to write off the near future and build for tomorrow. They can still compete with a few minor adjustments.
The beauty of Ichiro, beyond what he gives a team at the plate and in the field, is the simple fact that he is always available. Ichiro is one of the most durable players in the league. He has played in 160 or more games 8 out of his 12 Major League seasons. He has played in at least 146 games every season of his career. Even last year after being hit by a pitch and being expected to miss time, Ichiro did not miss a game.
He's also a career .322 hitter, which is nice.