No Ichiro for Yankees?

No Ichiro for Yankees?
December 2, 2012, 2:45 am
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First, the Yankees wanted to take care of their pitching. So they agreed to deals with Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. In the meantime, free-agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has gotten impatient.

Or at least his agent has.

“At the beginning, we talked a lot [with the Yankees], but since that time, zero,’’ agent Tony Attanasio told the New York Post. “As far as we are concerned, we don’t care what the Yankees do. We have had conversations with multiple clubs. If we see something we like, he will go through with it.”

“We don’t care what the Yankees do” is a long way from Suzuki’s expressed desire to return to the Yankees, which was expressed not so long ago.

“There has been a lot of interest [from other teams], but he enjoyed playing for the Yankees so much it’s hard for him to say no to the Yankees,’’ Attanasio said about a week and a half ago. “His preference is to stay there instead of going someplace else.’’

Suzuki hit .322 for the Yankees, not looking at all like a soon-to-be-39-year-old outfielder.

“Our focus was first on pitching and see the amount of dollars we needed to secure pitching,’’ Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “Now we’ll focus on players who want to talk to us.’’