The Yankees continue their aggressive pursuit of Ichiro Suzuki, as more pieces are coming off the board. Apparently, the hold up on the Ichiro deal is that the Yankees want to pay Ichiro in gold instead of cash, in an attempt to keep Ichiro's contract off the books. The deal was denied on the level of the commissioner's office. The Yankees are now reworking the contract to pay Ichiro in shares of Disney and lobster dinners. It is yet to be determined if the commissioner's office will accept this deal.
In the meantime, the Blue Jays just got a little bit better trading for knuckle-baller and Cy Young winner RA Dickey. The Blue Jays smell blood in the water as the Yankees and Red Sox are vulnerable. The Red Sox signed Stephen Drew to play shortstop for a season, and Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima signed with the Athletics a year after he turned down offers by the Yankees to play backup to Jeter.
Super exciting times in baseball.