MLB Trade Rumors: Is It Time for the Mariners to Trade Ichiro Suzuki?

Micah ChenAnalyst IIIJanuary 4, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 17: Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Seattle Mariners walks off the field after striking out during a game against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field on September 17, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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For the last decade, Ichiro has been a Northwest icon; arguably the king of sports in the Emerald City.

However, for the last few years, a hot topic of Mariners' baseball has been whether it's time for the Mariners and Ichiro to part ways.

Ichiro could've raked in some good prospects that would help the rebuilding process. This is the biggest reason why we were thinking about trading him at the deadline.

As we've entered another offseason, is it time for those trade talks to heat up again?

I believe that he should simply stay put in Seattle.

At some point, you have to stop looking at Ichiro as a trading piece, and more as the Seattle legend that he has become.

A little piece of me would die if I saw Ichiro in pinstripes, or in another team's colors.

If the Mariners were to trade Ichiro, they should've done it a couple of years ago when his value was at its highest point.

Ichiro is 38 years old. For the first time in his career, he didn't total 200 hits and a .300 batting average. If the Mariners were to trade him, they would likely get very little in return.

At this point in his career, it's best if he just stays put and retires in Seattle. That would be the most fitting way to end his career.

It's better than the other possibility. To watch him slowly continue to decline in another team's uniform. 

Even at the age of 38, Ichiro offers a trait that might even extend his career. That trait is the ability to hit for power.

Ichiro has always had the ability to hit for power. He could be in the Home Run Derby and he would be among the last contestants.

With his speed and ability to hit for average starting to decline, it might be time to put him at the No. 3 hole in the order, and give some pop to an offense that desperately needs it. Give a younger guy an opportunity to lead off of.

Ultimately, it comes down to what Ichiro wants. Ichiro has made it well known that he wants a ring. And I'm sure that if a World Series contender needed a better outfielder and offered some decent prospects, then the Mariners would take it at this year's deadline.

But for the sake of not breaking Seattle's heart, we can only hope that doesn't happen.