Ichiro says he still wants to play, but alludes to some problems with the Yankees


It’s probably important not to read too deeply into this given that everything Ichiro says to U.S. reporters is through a translator and there are nuances — especially when it comes to potentially controversial things about which Ichiro has always been careful about — that may not translate particularly well. But this is still interesting.

First, Ichiro certainly sounds like a guy who wants to continue playing:

But, also, there may have been some behind the scenes stuff that make him unsure if he wants to go back to the Yankees:

When asked whether he’d return to New York, Ichiro wasn’t exactly forthcoming. “That might be a question you shouldn’t ask right now,” he said . . . Ichiro said, there was more happening behind the scenes than it appeared, though he didn’t go into specifics.

“”Obviously there’s a lot of things that go on that the fans and the media can’t see, that goes on inside (the club),” he said.

It was a veteran team that, because of injuries, relied on Ichiro more than it probably thought it needed to. And of course the season was ultimately less successful than everyone hoped, so it’s understandable if he’s got some disappointment.  But one also wonders if there something unusual and/or unpleasant was going on behind the scenes. Obviously not a question that can be answered right now, but perhaps we’ll hear over the course of the offseason.

As for Ichiro, he hit .284/.324/.340 in 385 plate appearances.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.