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08:09 AM ET 12.14 | According to many accounts, Ichiro Suzuki's re-upping in New York is closing in on done-deal status, with credit going to an unlikely source. [Ichiro] has the Red Sox and Phillies to thank for him being on the verge of signing a two-year deal worth $12-$13 million with the Yankees. While the Yankees landed Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Kevin Youkilis with one-year contracts, the arena changed with Ichiro because the Phillies offered him a two-year gig for $14 million, the Red Sox signed Jonny Gomes for two years and $10 million and Shane Victorino for three years and $39 million. ?He is going to be a Yankee," a person familiar with the process said of the 39-year-old outfielder who has a chance to reach 3,000 hits in pinstripes.

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December 14, 2012  08:12 AM ET

As The Great Elvis once said, Thank You, Thank You Very Much!!!

December 14, 2012  08:18 AM ET

I'm thrilled that the Yankees are targeting young players this offseason.

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December 14, 2012  08:43 AM ET

No harm being done giving 1 yr deals to Youk and Ichiro.

December 14, 2012  08:47 AM ET

D??mo arigat??

December 14, 2012  08:48 AM ET
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No harm being done giving 1 yr deals to Youk and Ichiro.

It's a 2 year deal for Ichiro

December 14, 2012  08:48 AM ET
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Everybody they've targeted has been well under 100.The Bosox are going nuts signing the youngsters, too. Both teams are going to be trying to get volume discounts on diapers.

and Geritol.

December 14, 2012  08:48 AM ET

It doesn't hurt that Ichiro brings massive numbers of Japanese fans where ever he goes.

December 14, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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It's a 2 year deal for Ichiro

Oh, ohhhh.....

December 14, 2012  10:35 AM ET

Not4nutten but, Ichiro Like da Pizza in Da Bronx!

December 14, 2012  10:40 AM ET

Wow. It's a different era when the Yankees are waiting on others teams to sign players first, so they can gain leverage on a player they want. This is not, and never has been, how the NY Yankees win championships.

December 14, 2012  11:27 AM ET

......nobody cares about the least coast anymore....boring....we need more stories about the center of baseball universe.....california.....

December 14, 2012  11:37 AM ET

We're definitely going to have the fastest outfield around. Gardner, Grandy, Ichiro.

December 14, 2012  11:52 AM ET
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We're definitely going to have the fastest outfield around. Gardner, Grandy, Ichiro.

That would be great if this were a track meet.

December 14, 2012  12:04 PM ET
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That would be great if this were a track meet.

It's great because Yankee fans will no longer have to watch Nick Swisher dive at routine flyballs and completely whiff.

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