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Revitalized Ichiro gets two more years from Yanks

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NEW YORK -- The Yankees and Ichiro Suzuki finalized a $13 million, two-year contract Wednesday that keeps the 10-time all-star in the Bronx.

The 39-year-old, who will make $6.5 million in each of the next two seasons, was obtained in a trade with Seattle on July 23, revived his career and quickly became a fan favourite.

His batting average jumped from .261 with the Mariners to .322 with the Yankees, with five homers, 27 RBIs and 14 steals.

"The Yankees are the kind of team that I always envisioned being a part of," Suzuki said in a statement released by the team. "Everyone in the world of competition has a strong desire to win, but the Yankees also have an atmosphere where losing is not an option. These two observations may sound similar, but I believe it is a rarity to find both coexisting in the same organization."

A 10-time Gold Glove outfielder with speed and a strong arm, Suzuki has 2,606 hits in 12 major league seasons. He figures to see corner outfield time, with the Yankees allowing right Nick Swisher to become a free agent.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 20, 2012 D5

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