After spending the past dozen spring trainings in Arizona with the Mariners, Ichiro Suzuki had his first official spring day with the Yankees Monday. What stood out most to the 39-year-old?

“Derek Jeter was not the eater that the media portrayed him to be,” Ichiro said through his translator. “It was good to see him that way.”

While Jeter’s physical shape may have been strangely exaggerated by a published photo this winter, Ichiro’s desire to return to the Yankees after a successful second-half run was not.

Ichiro confirmed that he spoke with “a few clubs” during the winter, but once he learned the Yankees wanted him back, it was a no-brainer.

“The Yankees needed me,” Ichiro said. “When I heard that, there was nothing to waver. It was just the decision that I made.”

Ichiro was rejuvenated by his trade to the Yankees last summer, hitting .322/.340/.454 (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging) in 67 games after posting a .261/.288/.353 line with the Mariners through the first 95.