The Yankees have too many outfielders now that they have signed Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. They have received calls on Brett Gardner, but so far the Yankees want to keep him. They could use Alfonso Soriano as the regular DH in 2014, so that leaves Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki as the expendable outfielders.
Wells is likely to get designated for assignment, but the Yankees are reportedly trying to shop Ichiro, with little success. The 40-year-old outfielder is due $6.5 million in 2014, but after hitting just .262/.297/.342 and being one of the worst players in baseball, it's no wonder he offers very little value. A team could see him as a potential fourth outfielder because his defense is still solid, but the Yankees would likely have to eat almost all of his money.
In the end, it might not be worth the effort and they could just cut ties with him. The Yankees could still sign Shin-Soo Choo as well, so they might need to rid themselves of yet another outfielder, in which case they could keep Ichiro and trade Gardner.