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.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.