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Wednesday, 20th February 2013
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Ichiro Suzuki suggests move to NY Yankees was no-brainer

Ichiro Suzuki has suggested that the offer to play with the New York Yankees once again was a no-brainer.

The 39-year-old who originally trained with Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball and moved to the US in 2001 to play for the Seattle Mariners suggested that once the offer was put on the table, he didn’t have to think twice about taking it up.

"The Yankees needed me. When I heard that, there was nothing to waver. It was just the decision that I made," he said.

Suzuki suggested that he was willing to put in the effort to prove he is more than capable of the task ahead of him.

He said: "I want to be able to have the team need me and want me in that lineup. That’s what I’m going to work hard for, to be that player."

Derek Jeter, five-time World Series champion, has said that he is "looking forward to playing with Suzuki" after "enjoying playing against him for 11-12 years," the New York Daily News reported.

Written by Graham McPherson