Jack Zduriencik, please trade Ichiro Suzuki.
We can do better than this. You've made all the right moves so far, but after this one I will be very satisfied. Ichiro in pinstripes is just waiting to happen.
I even have the hard work done for you. All you need to do is make a phone call.
New York receives: Ichiro Suzuki and Aaron Heilman
Seattle receives: Xavier Nady, Alfredo Aceves, and Brian Bruney
Here is how your team would then look, Mr. Zduriencik:
C. Kenji Johjima
1B. Russell Branyan
2B. Jose Lopez
SS. Yuniesky Betancourt
3B. Adrian Beltre
RF. Xavier Nady
CF. Franklin Gutierrez
LF. Endy Chavez/ Wladamir Balentein
DH. Jeff Clement
SP. Felix Hernandez
SP. Erik Bedard
SP. Brandon Morrow
SP. Jarrod Washburn
SP. Ryan Rowland-Smith
SP. Alfredo Aceves
RP. Carlos Silva
RP. Mark Lowe
RP. Roy Corcocan
RP. Brian Bruney
RP. Tyler Walker
CL. Miguel Batista
Bench: Reggie Corona, Mike Morse, Chris Shelton
That is a team that can bring us to the playoffs. That team is capable of having four guys hit .300, maybe even five.
There are also five guys who can hit at least 20 home runs on that team, possibly six.
That is a six-man starting rotation. If a player gets injured you would have enough depth to fill in any position you could possibly want.
Thanks for listening, Mr. Zduriencik.