Jon Heyman has a report that makes baseball sense if and only if you still think of Ichiro as ICHIRO! and don’t acknowledge that he’s a fifth outfielder:
“The Yankees are said willing to offset a part of Ichiro Suzuki’s $6.5-million salary in the right deal, sources said.
The Yankees would seek to receive a good prospect back but are said by rival executives amendable to paying down a portion of his $6.5 million salary under those circumstances.”
Not sure what kind of “good prospect” one gets for a 40 year-old guy who hit .262/.297/.342 last season, but I guess that would be for the Yankees to decide.