Before the 2001 season began for the Seattle Mariners, they were in a bidding race for Ichiro Suzuki—a well-known Japanese superstar. Now, eight years later, the Mariners are finding themselves looking to get rid of him.
I am all for it if they trade for the right players. A perfect fit would be the New York Yankees, who may need a replacement in right field after Bobby Abreu filed for free-agency. The Mariners could have some talks with Brian Cashman about Ichiro.
The Mariners' future pitching staff is put together nicely, but the club would like another youngster such as Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, or Phil Coke. Also, the Yankees have Brett Gardner and Jose Molina to float in a possible deal.
I say the Mariners should trade Ichiro to the Yankees for Gardner and Coke. Then Gardner could take the reigns at center field and push Jeremy Reed on over to right field, where he played parts of the season.
Another trade the Mariners might be able to comprise on would be Jarod Washburn to Yankees for Cody Ransom and cash, and then the Mariners could trade Adrian Beltre.