I was reading about next year’s crop of potential free agents and one name stood out above all else Ichiro Suzuki. I thought about it and I’m trying to figure out how this is going to end. I mean, I don’t see the Mariners making any headway into the playoff race as both LA and Texas made some major off season acquisitions. Which means come the trading deadline, what do you think the Mariner brass are going to do?
Obviously there are few different scenarios and here they are:
- Ichiro plays out the season, Mariners come in last. Ichiro resigns to finish his career as a Mariner.
- Ichiro plays out the season, Mariners come in last. Ichiro signs with another team (Angels or Yankees).
- Mariners, in last place trade him at the deadline. Next season Ichiro resigns with Mariners.
- Mariners, in last place trade him at the deadline. Next season he signs with a new team (Angels or Yankees)
The item that remains the same is that the Mariners are going to finish in last place. So the question is trade for prospects or role the dice. Ichiro is quite comfortable in Seattle and there are so many fans of his that go to the game just because he plays for the team. These are fans that may not show up if he isn’t on the team. Like it or not the Mariners can’t afford to let Ichiro go even if he can bring some nice prospects.
Of course at 38 Ichiro isn’t getting any younger and he hasn’t even sniffed a World Series. Truth is that he might want to actually win one and I don’t think that he is going to be playing baseball when the Mariners win the World Series (since it might not be for a few more decades). He may just want a sip of that champagne. Personally I hope he resigns with the Mariners and I hope he finishes with over 3000 hits as well. If there is anyone that deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, he does.
As far as his autographs go, it is for the most part big bucks. I’ve seen only a few of them under the $150 and nearly non that are certified on card. They run between $250 all the way up to $1000. His popularity coupled with the few autographs of him that are out there make for some seriously expensive autographs.
What do you think is going to happen?