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No Ichiro for Yankees?

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No Ichiro for Yankees?

First, the Yankees wanted to take care of their pitching. So they agreed to deals with Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. In the meantime, free-agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has gotten impatient.

Or at least his agent has.

“At the beginning, we talked a lot [with the Yankees], but since that time, zero,’’ agent Tony Attanasio told the New York Post. “As far as we are concerned, we don’t care what the Yankees do. We have had conversations with multiple clubs. If we see something we like, he will go through with it.”

“We don’t care what the Yankees do” is a long way from Suzuki’s expressed desire to return to the Yankees, which was expressed not so long ago.

“There has been a lot of interest [from other teams], but he enjoyed playing for the Yankees so much it’s hard for him to say no to the Yankees,’’ Attanasio said about a week and a half ago. “His preference is to stay there instead of going someplace else.’’

Suzuki hit .322 for the Yankees, not looking at all like a soon-to-be-39-year-old outfielder.

“Our focus was first on pitching and see the amount of dollars we needed to secure pitching,’’ Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “Now we’ll focus on players who want to talk to us.’’

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Yasiel Puig to the Orioles? Baltimore reportedly made an offer to the outfielder

Yasiel Puig to the Orioles? Baltimore reportedly made an offer to the outfielder

The Baltimore Orioles have shown interest in free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig and have even made at least one contract offer, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported.

Puig remains on the market after no team made a deal with the veteran during the offseason. The seven-year pro most recently played for the Cleveland Indians during the second half of the 2019 season after being traded by the Cincinnati Reds. In total, Puig hit .267 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI during the 2019 campaign.

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The outfielder burst onto the scene during his rookie season in 2013. Hitting .319 in 104 games with the Dodgers, he finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting. Besides his skill at the plate, Puig made waves for his big arm and an even bigger personality. The energy has remained season to season, but Puig has been unable to capture great statistical success since his 2014 All-Star season.

Still, Puig can provide any team with a consistent bat and serviceable defense. However, the Orioles are an interesting match considering their current rebuild status. With only 60 games to play in 2020, Baltimore may be better off letting young players get as many reps as possible.

But, if Puig can be brought in on a team-friendly deal, there isn't much harm in taking a chance on the 29-year-old. Maybe for Baltimore, Puig will be their friend.

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Orioles add former No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman to 60-man player pool

Orioles add former No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman to 60-man player pool

Adley Rutschman, the No. 1 pick of the 2018 MLB Draft, was among six players the Orioles added to their 60-man player pool for the 2020 season, manager Brandon Hyde announced Friday.

Keegan Akin, Michael Baumann, Isaac Mattson, Cedric Mullins, Taylor Davis and Rutschman joined the team’s main camp in Baltimore on Friday and will be relegated to the Orioles’ alternative site once it opens. DL Hall, one of the team’s top pitching prospects, is expected to join the secondary group as well.

Rutschman, 22, was named a consensus top-five overall prospect in the minor leagues by MLB Pipeline, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus last winter before spring training began. It was the first time a No. 1 overall pick was already a unanimous top-five prospect in his first year of eligibility since Bryce Harper in 2011.

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Though he only played 37 games across three levels of the minor leagues last season, Rutschman finished the year at Single-A Delmarva with a .254 batting average and .774 OPS across 154 plate appearances. He was invited to the major-league club’s spring training camp, during which he went 1-for-9 with a walk but provided plenty of fireworks during batting practice.

Following Friday’s moves, the Orioles’ player poll now sits at 53 players.

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