Yankees trade for Ichiro

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Yankees trade for Ichiro

They may be a few years too late, but nonetheless the Yankees made somewhat of a splash before the MLB trade deadline, trading for Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki on Monday.

Ichiro, whose production has been on the decline for the past three seasons, is hitting just .261 this season with 49 runs, 28 RBI, and 15 steals through 95 games. But going from a weak Seattle lineup to a stacked Yankees lineup can only be a good thing for his production. While he's lost a step over the years, he can still run the bases and play his position in the outfield with the best of them.

The Yankees traded minor league RHP's DJ Mitchell and Danny Farquhar in exchange for Ichiro and cash -- yes, more cash.

But fans in Seattle hoping to see Ichiro over the next few games are in luck: The Yankees are in town for the next three games.

Awkward.

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.