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New York Yankees Should Trade Ichiro Suzuki For Starting Pitching

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

He has over 4,000 career hits. He is certainly a future Hall of Famer. He also happens to be forty years old. Ichiro Suzuki should be traded from the New York Yankees.

Depth is certainly something good to have, but not when the outfielder is near the end of his career and plays a backup role. Ichiro has put up good numbers with the small sample size given from him this season. The team could use some pitching after Ivan Nova left needing season-ending Tommy John surgery, CC Sabathia does not look like his ace self and was placed on the DL with fluid in his knee and there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding Michael Pineda who is also gone until at least late-May.

The Yankees could use Ichiro as a trade piece to get another starter for the team’s rotation. The team does have a good outfield consisting of Carlos BeltranJacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner, all of whom signed contracts with the team this past offseason. Alfonso Soriano also sees playing time in left field, as they are impressed with his offensive skills early on.

With sixty percent of the opening day starting rotation on the DL, the Yankees are in big need of another starting pitcher. Some names that come to mind are Chicago CubsJeff SamardzijaCleveland IndiansJustin Masterson and Philiadelphia PhilliesCliff Lee. All of them are expected to be on the trading block this season, and all three teams could use Ichiro’s marketability and leadership by example. Of course, if the Yankees were to get any of the three pitchers, they would also have to look into dipping into their minor leagues and give teams another trade piece they can raise to be a future piece for their respective franchise. The team cannot rely on David PhelpsAlfredo Aceves and Vidal Nuno to get them through the rigorous AL East.

Arthur Dowell is a Yankees writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @a24dowell, “like” him on Facebookor add him to your network on Google.