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Yankees, Suzuki Close To Deal

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SEATTLE, WA - JULY 23:  Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 23, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

SEATTLE, WA – JULY 23: Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 23, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) _ Ichiro Suzuki and the New York Yankees closed in
Friday on a $13 million, two-year contract, according to a person
familiar with the negotiations.

The sides still had to finalize language and the deal will be
subject to a physical, the person said, speaking on condition of
anonymity because the agreement was not complete. Suzuki will get
$6.5 million a year.

Acquired from the Seattle Mariners on July 23, the 39-year-old
Suzuki revived his career in New York. His batting average jumped
from .261 with the Mariners, to .322 with the Yankees, with five
homers, 27 RBIs and 14 steals.

A 10-time All-Star, Suzuki has 2,606 hits in 12 major league
seasons.

Also Friday, New York finalized a $12 million, one-year contract
with Kevin Youkilis, who is expected to start at third base during
the first half of the season while Alex Rodriguez recovers from hip
surgery scheduled for next month.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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