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Yankees hope to keep Ichiro

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The New York Yankees are looking to retain free-agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, Fox Sports reported Monday.

Ichiro, in turn, reportedly wants to re-sign with the club. He was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Yankees in July.

He batted .322 with a .794 OPS in 67 games with New York after struggling with a .261 average and a .642 OPS in 95 games with Seattle.

Ichiro is likely to sign a one-year contract.

If the Yankees re-sign Ichiro, 39, they would have an all left-handed-hitting starting outfield along with Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner. However, the club might look to deal Granderson and seek a righty in the outfield.

One option they may pursue is slugger Josh Hamilton, though they are not considered serious bidders at this point.

The Yankees also have Raul Ibanez, another lefty outfielder, though he is expected to primarily be a designated hitter.

Though the Yankees are trying to decrease their payroll, they have a one-year, $12 million offer on the table for free-agent infielder

Kevin Youkilis, who would fill in for third baseman Alex Rodriguez while he recovers from a hip operation that he is scheduled to undergo in January.
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