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Can Seattle move Ichiro now?

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08:18 AM ET 06.20 | At 38 and batting not much above .250, Ichiro, even after reachng a milestone, is a player in decline. He's not one of the wily veterans every rebuilding team needs in the lineup. Whither Ichiro? Will [Eric Wedge] be allowed to sit him? Will general manager Jack Zduriencik be daring enough to work a trade with some team willing to gamble? Ichiro in Dodgers blue, instead of Mariners teal? Or will Ichiro play out the season, hitting leadoff in Seattle? Through some very rocky times, Wedge has kept this team together and, in these final 3 1/2 months of the season, he should be allowed to make decisions based on what he thinks is best for the future. Not what the organization thinks is best for Ichiro.

The Seattle Times

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June 20, 2012  08:43 AM ET

Wouldn't mind seeing him in Tiger blue.

June 20, 2012  08:44 AM ET

At this point getting out of Seattle wouldn't be bad for him.

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June 20, 2012  08:54 AM ET

What incredible Athlete!

June 20, 2012  09:13 AM ET

I think he'll retire as a Mariner at the end of the season.

June 20, 2012  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I think he'll retire as a Mariner at the end of the season.

That's the way I'd like to see it happen. But you never know.

June 20, 2012  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

They should. LA. Detroit. San Fran. All would be good destinations for him.

When you say LA, do you mean the Dodgers or the Angels??? Where would the Dodgers play a 38 year old washed up player???? They have Kemp in center and Ethier in right, the Dodgers want to get younger, not older. Ichiro was a very good player in his day, but the M's should have traded him a couple of years ago.

June 20, 2012  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I think he'll retire as a Mariner at the end of the season.

Good point, he could always go back to Japan and play a couple of more years!!!

June 20, 2012  10:28 AM ET

Stick a fork in 'em...he's on the downslide. Still a Hall of Famer even if they only consider his MLB career. Add in his career in Japan and it's a no brainer.

June 20, 2012  10:36 AM ET

This is a very stupid article . Why would you think of getting rid of the face of your team. I am sure the only reason most people go the their games is because of him.

June 20, 2012  11:02 AM ET

"This is a very stupid article . Why would you think of getting rid of the face of your team. I am sure the only reason most people go the their games is because of him."

I don't know about "most people," but there are a lot of Japanese fans who watch the Mariners only to see Ichiro. The Japanese ownership gets big points in Japan for having him on the team.

June 20, 2012  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

"This is a very stupid article . Why would you think of getting rid of the face of your team. I am sure the only reason most people go the their games is because of him."I don't know about "most people," but there are a lot of Japanese fans who watch the Mariners only to see Ichiro. The Japanese ownership gets big points in Japan for having him on the team.

The "face of your team"???? Maybe so but, they have been "Bottom Dwellers for years with him as the "face of the team", so you lose 90/100 games a year with him, why can't you lose 90/100 without him? In others words, maybe they can win 80 games by trading him for some power hitters.

June 20, 2012  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The "face of your team"???? Maybe so but, they have been "Bottom Dwellers for years with him as the "face of the team", so you lose 90/100 games a year with him, why can't you lose 90/100 without him? In others words, maybe they can win 80 games by trading him for some power hitters.

I don't think anyone is going to trade good power hitters for a 38 year old singles hitter. It would be nice of course to trade him to Detroit for Fielder and/or Cabrera--but they aren't going to make that trade. They might be willing to add him as a leadoff hitter in exchange for a minor league suspect or two, but not fir any one who would replace his fan power in Japan. Or even replace his face in the US--at least he plays hard, does what he does well, and doesn't get arrested in the off-season, or hold out for more money during spring training. He is probably the most respected Mariner since Edgar Martinez

And the Mariner's are currently fielding the most entertaining team they have put on the field since Edgar retired--they won't win many games this year but they have some interesting young players who look like they may be good. There is hope in Seattle for the first time in years.

June 20, 2012  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I don't think anyone is going to trade good power hitters for a 38 year old singles hitter. It would be nice of course to trade him to Detroit for Fielder and/or Cabrera--but they aren't going to make that trade. They might be willing to add him as a leadoff hitter in exchange for a minor league suspect or two, but not fir any one who would replace his fan power in Japan. Or even replace his face in the US--at least he plays hard, does what he does well, and doesn't get arrested in the off-season, or hold out for more money during spring training. He is probably the most respected Mariner since Edgar Martinez And the Mariner's are currently fielding the most entertaining team they have put on the field since Edgar retired--they won't win many games this year but they have some interesting young players who look like they may be good. There is hope in Seattle for the first time in years.

Good point and that is why the M's should have traded him a few years ago, when he had some value!!!!! Isn't Ichiro's contract up after this season???? Would you pay him 10/14 million to extend his contract???

June 20, 2012  12:00 PM ET

a trade would benefit the mariners but it won't benefit ichiro at all, a change of league would be like start over again and we all know what happen when a player gets shipped to another league,,

June 20, 2012  12:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

a trade would benefit the mariners but it won't benefit ichiro at all, a change of league would be like start over again and we all know what happen when a player gets shipped to another league,,

Actually I don't see him going to the NL, I see him going back to Japan and playing a few more years.

June 20, 2012  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

This is a very stupid article . Why would you think of getting rid of the face of your team. I am sure the only reason most people go the their games is because of him.

right. it would be one thing if you could get something back for him. but at this point he's probably worth more to the mariners than he would be to anyone else.

June 20, 2012  12:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Actually I don't see him going to the NL, I see him going back to Japan and playing a few more years.

This would surprise me, but I haven't been following his situation very closely.

June 20, 2012  01:36 PM ET

Have him play in Washington leading off in front of harper,zimmerman,werth.

 
June 20, 2012  01:37 PM ET

I've been sick and tired of Ichiro for 5+ years now. He's as selfish as they come and a terrible teammate. His only concern has ever been his 200 hits a year above all else. When have you ever see him lay out for a ball in RF? Stretch a single into a 2b when the M's need it? With all those singles he should have 50+ SB's every year too. He doesn't because it's all about himself. If he REALLY wanted to win he would've demanded a trade to a contender years ago. He hasn't because he cares more about himself and his numbers than his team and being a winner. The sooner he's out of an M's uniform the better.

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