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Yanks may have struck gold in Ichiro

Suzuki gamble didn't cost Bombers much, but could result in a massive payoff

Updated: July 24, 2012, 3:07 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

At first glance, the acquisition of Ichiro Suzuki by the Yankees doesn't seem to make a lot of sense.

For one thing, he's a right fielder these days, and the Yankees already have one of those.

For another, he's a top-of-the-order hitter, and the Yankees are pretty well fixed for those.

And on top of it all, he's on the wrong side of 38 years old -- he will turn 39 during the World Series -- and most people think the Yankees already have too many of those.

But ...

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