Yankees get Ichior from Seattle; Tigers acquire Ifante, Sanchez
SEATTLE (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki is headed to a new team and, after all these years, maybe a shot at playing in the World Series.
The New York Yankees acquired the star outfielder from the Seattle Mariners in a trade Monday for two young pitchers.
The Yankees, with the best record in the majors, also got cash in the deal that sent 25-year-old righties D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar to the last-place Mariners. The trade was announced a few hours before the Yankees played at Seattle.
The 38-year-old Suzuki had spent his whole big league career with Seattle. The 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner is batting .261 with four home runs, 28 RBIs and 15 stolen bases this year.
Suzuki is a career .322 hitter, a former AL MVP and holds the record for most hits in a season. He had batted over .300 in every season until dipping last year.
The Yankees made the trade a few days after learning that speedy outfielder Brett Gardner would likely miss the rest of the season because of an elbow problem.
The Detroit Tigers have acquired second baseman Omar Infante and right-hander Anibal Sanchez from Miami, sending 21-year-old righty Jacob Turner and two minor leaguers to the Marlins.
The deal gives the Tigers a likely solution to their season-long problems at second base and adds another experienced arm to their starting rotation. The trade underscores Detroit’s desire to win now after signing slugger Prince Fielder in the offseason. Turner was considered the Tigers’ top pitching prospect and earned his first major league win Sunday.
Miami also receives catcher Rob Brantley and left-hander Brian Flynn in the deal.
Detroit is coming off a three-game sweep of Chicago that propelled them into first place in the AL Central.
Ryan Dempster was still in a Chicago Cubs uniform Monday night despite reports that the team had agreed to a trade that would send him to the Atlanta Braves.
The pitcher declined comment before Chicago’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cubs assistant general manager Randy Bush said: “There is nothing to report.”
Dempster has the right to refuse any deal.
A message posted Monday on the Twitter account for Dempster’s foundation read: “THERE IS NO TRADE don’t know where this info came from!”
Dempster is 5-4 with a major league-best 2.11 ERA in 15 starts, making him one of the most attractive pitchers on the market before the July 31 deadline for trades without waivers. His contract expires after this season, and the fifth-place Cubs entered Monday 18 games below .500.