I love it. The Yanks tonight traded two B-Level minor leaguers for future HOF player Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro is batting 8th and playing RF tonight, and will switch to LF once Swish is healthy. Things could change in the future. Ichiro has a better arm than Swish, so…
I LOVE the deal. I’m a bit prejudiced, since for years Ichiro has been my favorite non-Yankee player. With Gardner out for the year, Ichiro, even at age 38, provides the speed (438 career SB) and defense (10 Gold Gloves) that the Yanks were missing with Gardner. As for his throwing arm, Ichiro has a rocket.
Ichiro was .261-4-28, 15 sB this year, OPS+ 83. The BA is 60 points below his career average of .322. But he was having to carry the Mariners in a pitcher’s park. How bad are the M’s? Ichiro was batting 3rd after leading off his whole career. Tonight for the Yanks? He’s batting 8th.
He’s in the last year of his deal, and could just be a three-month rental. But for him, the Yanks gave up just two B-Level prospects. D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. No A-level prospects.
I love it. He gives what I advocated for in Pierre a while back. Only he’s better than Pierre (I didn’t think Suzuki would be available.).
What do YOU think?