Ichiro Suzuki enjoyed playing for the New York Yankees so much, he likely will be back with them again.

The Yankees are showing strong interest in re-signing the free-agent outfielder, according to major league sources.

"They are all over him," one source says. "That (a deal with Ichiro) will happen."

Ichiro, 39, would join two other left-handed hitters in the Yankees' outfield, Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner.

The Yankees then would need a right-handed complement, presuming they do not trade Granderson, an idea the team is exploring, sources say.

The return of Ichiro would not preclude the Yankees from re-signing free agent Raul Ibanez, another left-handed hitter who likely would get most of his at-bats as a DH.