MLB Trade Speculation: 5 Possible Destinations for Ichiro Suzuki

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MLB Trade Speculation: 5 Possible Destinations for Ichiro Suzuki
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The thought of Ichiro Suzuki leaving Seattle is sad for thousands of fans, but there's always the possibility. The Mariners are still rebuilding and could be for a couple more years. Ichiro is getting old and he may want a shot at the playoffs before his career ends.

However, Ichiro has said he loves Seattle and has exhibited commendable loyalty through 10 years with the Mariners—and it's even possible that by 2013 the Mariners could have a shot at winning the AL (as discussed here). 

What Ichiro has that other teams want: he is the image of consistency at the plate and in the field with an MLB-record 10 consecutive 200+ hit seasons, 10 consecutive gold gloves, three silver sluggers, an AL Rookie of the Year Award, and an AL MVP award. He also holds the record for the most hits in a single seasons with the 262 in 2004.

In addition, he steals bases, perennially leads the MLB in infield hits, and hits inside-the-park home runs in All-Star games. There's nothing not to love about the best lead-off hitter in the game right now.

So, in order to prepare you for the worst, here's a look at five teams, in ascending order of likelihood, who would pay high to slot Ichiro at leadoff:

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