A trade has been rumored about a possible deal that would send Ichiro Suzuki to the Chicago Cubs. No one has said what the Mariners would receive, but Derrek Lee and Kosuke Fukudome have been linked with the rumor.
The Cubs have a few prospects that would be worth the time for the Mariners, including first baseman Micah Hoffpauir. In Triple-A he batted .362, amassing 25 home runs and 100 RBI's in only 71 games!
Micah is a future star, and the Mariners will be needing a first baseman after they finally pulled the plug on Richie Sexson and Jose Vidro. Combined with the free-agency of Miguel Cairo and Willy Bloomquist, we will be left with Bryan Lahair, a minor league first baseman with numbers far off from getting excited about.
Other players that could be involved in the deal include starting pitcher Randy Wells, who led his team in ERA, wins, and strikeouts. Those two would be a great one-two punch in the Mariners' system.
Other candidates to include in the trade include Reed Johnson and Josh Kroeger.
Remember, this trade has been rumored, but nothing is certainly finalized.
However, you can expect the name Micah Hoffpauir to be overheard much in the upcoming days at Wrigley and Safeco.