Ichiro: Why a Trade Makes No Sense

Sam WoodsCorrespondent IJune 9, 2009

SEATTLE - APRIL 19:  Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Seattle Mariners bats against the Detroit Tigers during the game on April 19, 2009 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

I'm going to cut right to the chase, no introductions.

He will go to the Hall of Fame as a Seattle Mariner

The M's might have blown their chances to make Ken Griffey Jr. and Randy Johnson go in as M's, and definitely have thrown Alex's away (which to be fair, he helped that along too).

The point is he's very likely to go to the Hall, and if he's not with any other team, he has to go in as a Mariner.

It's kinda sad that we finally will have one a good 35-40 years after our franchise started, but that's where we are. Just leave it at that.

He had trade value a couple years ago, not this year

Three years ago, I was half-favoring a trade. Bottom line is he's a singles hitter. He still is worth way more in value than the likes of most of our current team, but he's a singles hitter, and would be worth more when he was paid $11 million instead of $18, and of course, younger.

Trading him now would be stupid. Teams looking for an aging (although Ichiro will likely go longer than most in this league) leadoff hitter to pay $18 million to for a couple of years will be few at best.

Those willing to take him will only offer No. 2 or 3 prospect, No. 5, and No. 7-9 or an MLBer and No. 3 and No. 6 or 7 prospect.

Hardly anything compared to what he's worth to the city of Seattle.

He pays off his contract and then some

When our team sucked last year (and when they will when we sell off our core for a future core), the fans didn't come to bet on how much we'd lose by, or how many errors the Lopez/Betancourt duo would make, or how many strikeouts the likes of Sexson, Vidro and Wilkerson could drum up, or even to see how many fly outs dropped in for hits; they came to see Ichiro.

As mentioned before, he's an icon. He represents not only the Mariners, but the city of Seattle.

Half our nightly attendance is there to see Ichiro and Griffey. Those two are the reason we don't go Florida Marlins, with nobody in the seats.

He really isn't starting crap in the dugout

That last year, was class-A bullsh*t. It made me laugh.

Sure, Ichiro is a lone wolf. But what you had last year was a bunch of lazy, underachieving millionaires just looking to cash a paycheck. They obviously weren't interested much in winning, or are too stupid to realize Ichiro is the reason you won at least once a week.

Nobody stood up and actually became the leader they wanted Ichiro to be. So what if he's not a vocal leader? He leads by example. He does his job and he does it well. He's the best leadoff hitter in the business.

This year we have some vocal leaders, and while we still have Silva, we're doing okay.

A trade isn't worth the headache

Basically, what I'm trying to say is if you traded Ichiro during pretty much anytime during his tenure, you'd have some pissed off Seattleites.

Casual baseball fans wouldn't listen to your reasoning (and if you didn't net some highly touted young MLBers or prospects, I wouldn't either) and would call for your head.

You wouldn't be able to leave your home without fear of being picked off by a hired assassin.

Z, just don't do it. For your life, don't do it.

He's still got it

He's a leadoff hitter that plays right field, a power position. But he's the best leadoff, period, and the best defender in RF as well. He's still a good plus-five to seven win player I think (that's five to seven wins over replacement level).

Yes, he's 35, but check out the numbers: .356 BA/.393 OBP/.481 SLG. What this tells you is he gets on base A LOT, which is his job, and not so surprisingly, has a higher slugging percentage than a lot of Mariners.

He also just came off a 27-game hit streak.

I seem to be drawing blanks of specific reasons right now.

But really, he's a damn good ballplayer, but wouldn't strike gold on this trade market. Soooooo what's the point?

I heart the post-Bavasi era, especially with the draft tomorrow. And the hope of near future trades is where we are the rip offers.


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