July 23, 2012 12:00 AM
" Even with Twitter, the internet and dozens of 24-hour sports outlets scrambling for information, you can still be surprised by a move close to a trading deadline.
The Yankees made just such a move on Monday. Jack Curry of YES was the first to report that the team has traded for Ichiro Suzuki, the longtime face of the Mariners franchise and one of the more entertaining players in baseball over the last decade.
It's not a move that anyone saw coming, continuing a tradition of stealthy Cashman moves that started with the trade for Curtis Granderson after the 2009 season. Ichiro is a free agent after this season, but his name never came up on the radar as a trade acquisition because he makes $17 million and because he could veto any trade.
This one might have taken place once the Yankees arrived in Seattle for a three-game set with Cashman picking up Ichiro as some travelers might pick up mouthwash after forgetting theirs at home.
Suzuki isn't the same player that he was changing games with his speed, defense and uncanny ability to pick up hits no matter where he slapped the ball "
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