OT - Ichiro to the Yankees

Submitted by wresler120 on July 23rd, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Preliminary reports have Ichiro going to the Yankees. The Yankees grabbed Ichiro for RHP'S D.J. Mitchell and Danny Fahrquar. I didn't realize how bad Ichiro was this year.  .261 Avg.   .288 OPS. It will be interesting to see if he can return to his old form with a change of scenery. I think the Tigers deal is much better, and should put us over the top in the AL. Ichiro is 38 and I don't really see him doing much. The Yankees love those old players.






July 23rd, 2012 at 6:32 PM ^

i live in seattle and have been watching ichiro's decline.  its not been pretty.  i suppose he could help the yankees out as a depth OF and a solid PH.  but he's really a bit too old.  or maybe safeco really is that shitty to hit in.


also, rumblings i'm hearing from locals is that this could be a precusor to the team being sold...


July 23rd, 2012 at 6:29 PM ^

As a Mariners fan this is bittersweet and completely shocking. On one hand he has been terrible and it was time for the Ms to move on and start really investing in their youth movement. On the other hand he is Ichiro the face of the franchise since 2001.

This might actually be the best thing for both parties involved. Ichiro gets to go to a team that can and will compete for a world series now. He can gracefully retire after this season if he chooses. Meanwhile the Mariners don't have the lingering question of what to do with Ichiro hanging around their necks.


July 23rd, 2012 at 6:29 PM ^

He's never been a power hitter and now all of his gaps are gone. Those gaps fit him well in Safeco. Now he's moving to a park that favors power hitters


July 23rd, 2012 at 6:30 PM ^

Ichiro gets to go from the arguably the worst hitters park to the best hitters park for lefties, so his numbers will jump. With Gardner out for the year, Swisher banged up throughtout the year and Ibanez and Andruw Jones taking up the corner OF spots, it's a nice insurance policy for essentially farm feeder prospects.


July 23rd, 2012 at 7:04 PM ^

The deal will help the Yankees. He's a good fit as outfield depth and will help replace Brett Gardner. As for the Tigers deal making them the best in the AL, I couldn't disagree more. They're hot right now but don't have the pitching depth to win it all. I don't think their lineup is deep enough either. Jackson is backsliding and outdid of the two big bats in the middle there won't be much to scare opponents come the playoffs.


July 23rd, 2012 at 7:22 PM ^

Ichiro is batting .261 and has an OBP of .288, but on the road, he has a BA of .294, OBP of .314, SLG of .402, and OPS of .716, all signifacntly higher than the stats at home. He has 4 total HRs, 3 away. So a large part of his decline is playing in Safeco.

He's a significant defensive upgrade over Ibanez/Jones and adds some speed to the Yankee lineup. He's not a speed demon anymore, but he's still going to be one of the better base stealers on the Yankees.

He's not nealry the player he was in the past, but take him out of that awful Seattle lineup and Safeco, and put him in the Yankee lineup and Yankee Stadium, and he'll be a very solid player for the Yankees. Worst case scenario, he struggles, but is still a better bench option than Dewayne Wise.


July 23rd, 2012 at 7:59 PM ^

Mariners had to send cash too. Ichiro is nowhere near worth his 18 million a year anymore. Not sure he ever was really. FA at end of year. Good move. Now move Chone and eat whatever cash it takes.


July 23rd, 2012 at 8:27 PM ^

Will probably be a backup, but could provide some assistance as a defensive replacement and pinch hitter/runner.  You never know how a change of scenery may help, but this trade is only relevant because of his past accomplishments, not what he currently brings to a major league club.


July 23rd, 2012 at 9:18 PM ^

It's a solid trade. Nothing special though. The way ESPN and MLB Network are talking about it, you'd think it was the trade of the century.


July 23rd, 2012 at 10:37 PM ^

It's essentially a one year deal, until Gardner comes back.  They have similar skill sets - fast, good field, good arm.  The Yankees need him to be okay, not a star.


July 23rd, 2012 at 11:18 PM ^

The Yankees don't really need his bat, and the price doesn't matter a whole lot. They need some better defense in left field and maybe a bit of baserunning - Ichiro can do both. I'm still not a huge fan of the trade, but I can at least understand where the Yankees are coming from.


July 24th, 2012 at 9:22 AM ^

I was looking at the Seattle stats last nght to see how Ichiro was doing this year and he wasn't anywhere to be found. Then it is on MGoBlog. I am always amazed by this site.