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Ichiro Traded To Yankees By Mariners

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Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners gets ready in the batters box against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 19, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) | Getty Images

The New York Yankees have traded for outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, just hours before beginning a three-game series in Seattle, as first reported by Jack Curry of the YES Network.

Per Curry's initial tweet about the deal, the Yankees send pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar to Seattle.

Jack Curry
The Yankees have acquired Ichiro Suzuki for RHPs DJ Mitchell and Danny Fahrquar, a source said. Yanks also get undisclosed cash in deal.

After Seattle confirmed the trade, Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln thanked Ichiro for his stellar stint in Seattle:

"On behalf of our ownership group and everyone in the Seattle Mariners organization, I thank Ichiro for the great career he's had here in Seattle."

Last week, Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik told that he plans on keeping Ichiro through the trade deadline.

In his 12th season, Ichiro has been a fan favorite in Seattle for over a decade, getting voted into 10 All-Star games while going 10 straight seasons with at least 200 hits.

Approximately 10 minutes after Curry's tweet broke the deal, Seattle Times reporter Geoff Baker tweeted that the Mariners were "close to dealing Ichiro." Three minutes after Baker's initial tweet, Baker had more definitive information.

Geoff Baker
Ichiro to Yankees is going to happen, I've been told

Not surprisingly, given the disparity in salaries between Ichiro and the pair of relative unknowns, the Mariners are sending a substantial amount cash to New York, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Ken Rosenthal
Source: get significant cash from in Ichiro trade.

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