Did The New York Yankees Get A Gift By Acquiring Ichiro?
If you’re a New York Yankees fan, you must be thrilled at the opportunity to snatch Ichiro Suzuki away from the Mariners for a bag of chips. If you aren’t a Yankees fan, you are probably pissed off and wondering how the Yankees have managed to secure one of baseball’s finest talents in the last decade.
Obviously, Ichiro is far from what he was back in the early 2000′s when he was collecting 200 hits a season and stealing no less than 30 bases. However, that could be because he had grown tired of being on a losing Seattle franchise. His age could also have something to do with his downturn but a change of scenery to a constant World Series contender could be all that Ichiro needs to get his groove back.
With Brett Gardner out for the season with an injury and Alex Rodriguez landing on the DL after getting hit by a pitch in the hand, the trade for Ichiro couldn’t have come at a better time. Giving up a pair of minor leaguers for a future hall of famer is a low risk, high reward transaction. Considering that Ichiro could play like his 2010 self, everyone better take notice. I have a feeling that the .261 average will rise closer to .300 before the season ends.
Meanwhile, the Mariners are looking towards their future by making room for their young tandem of outfielders. Ichiro wasn’t going to help the Mariners win, so it was best for the team to dump some of that salary rather than get stuck with it. The problem is that there are a plethora of other teams wondering why the Yankees always seem to get the right players at the right time. We’ll just have to see how this plays out.