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(ESPN)   Ichiro traded to the Yankees for a sack of magic beans and...ok just some magic beans...ok just one magic bean...ok just one green bean   (espn.go.com) divider line 238
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2012-07-23 06:40:20 PM
Dammit, he's my all-time favorite non-Phillie and now I can't cheer for him until he enters the HOF on his first ballot
 
2012-07-23 06:40:46 PM
The Yankees are in Seattle tonight to start a 3-game series. Jack Zduriencik presumably will be in hiding. The boos will reign at Safeco tonight.
 
2012-07-23 06:41:18 PM
And the damn Yankees will be scarfing up Cole Hamels next. You watch.
 
2012-07-23 06:41:39 PM
あのほにょですか?
しまた!
 
2012-07-23 06:42:08 PM
this saddens me
 
2012-07-23 06:42:30 PM
The question I have is why. Ichiro was still one of the bigger draws in Seattle and it's not like they got anything substantial in return for him. It's not even like they are trading him because he wanted to go to a winning team, he was on that 116 win team so he knows what it's like to be part of a winner. Eh, I guess I don't follow Mariners news often enough to get the reasoning behind this trade.
 
2012-07-23 06:42:40 PM
sayonara ichiro
 
2012-07-23 06:43:02 PM
Holy crap. I simply can't believe it.
 
2012-07-23 06:43:26 PM
Innnnteresting...
 
2012-07-23 06:44:17 PM
He's still a valuable defensive outfielder. Offensively, he's finished; he's basically been Juan Pierre for a year and a half now.

Love the guy, but it was time for him to go from Seattle. I was worried the Japanese ownership would re-sign him to a big new contract after this season. I'll happily take my magic beans and fond memories.
 
2012-07-23 06:44:52 PM
And the Mariners are going to be paying most of his salary, as well.

This is a terrible trade. I don't care if he's not the player he used to be, the guy's been the face of your franchise for the past 10 years and he's still good enough to be a starter. You don't just ship him off for nothing.
 
2012-07-23 06:45:15 PM
Ichiro is one of my favorite players of all time. This is great.
 
2012-07-23 06:45:29 PM
They're trading their team's most beloved player to the Yankees on the same day they'll be playing the Yankees at home.

Brilliant timing.
 
2012-07-23 06:45:42 PM
Most fans here in Seattle knew it was time to go, but it's still sad to see it happen. I would be happy to see him win a ring in NY, not that I'm rooting for the Yankees or anything.
 
2012-07-23 06:45:45 PM

degenerate-afro: The question I have is why. Ichiro was still one of the bigger draws in Seattle and it's not like they got anything substantial in return for him. It's not even like they are trading him because he wanted to go to a winning team, he was on that 116 win team so he knows what it's like to be part of a winner. Eh, I guess I don't follow Mariners news often enough to get the reasoning behind this trade.


Not all minor league pitchers are created equal. Methinks these two are young and can pitch.
 
2012-07-23 06:45:47 PM
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2012-07-23 06:46:39 PM

rcf1105: And the Mariners are going to be paying most of his salary, as well.


yeah, that's fark up. the whole point of trading someone to the yankees is that they can afford whatever...why pay someone to take ichiro?
 
2012-07-23 06:47:03 PM
OK, he wasn't even traded for a green bean even. It was for gas and a pack of Beano.

JC
 
2012-07-23 06:47:05 PM

Super Chronic: He's still a valuable defensive outfielder. Offensively, he's finished; he's basically been Juan Pierre for a year and a half now.

Love the guy, but it was time for him to go from Seattle. I was worried the Japanese ownership would re-sign him to a big new contract after this season. I'll happily take my magic beans and fond memories.


Yeah, old Juan is only hitting well over .300 this year. Who needs a guy like that hanging around?
 
2012-07-23 06:47:16 PM

degenerate-afro: The question I have is why. Ichiro was still one of the bigger draws in Seattle and it's not like they got anything substantial in return for him. It's not even like they are trading him because he wanted to go to a winning team, he was on that 116 win team so he knows what it's like to be part of a winner. Eh, I guess I don't follow Mariners news often enough to get the reasoning behind this trade.


That 116 win team was 11 years ago and the last time they made the playoffs.

/11 years?! holy shiat
 
2012-07-23 06:47:16 PM
One of the most overrated players on a team that creates overrated players. This'll be fun.
 
2012-07-23 06:47:27 PM
nooooooooooooooo.com

/hot
//Really? REALLY? The solution to a lack of offense...less offense?
 
2012-07-23 06:47:27 PM
I has a sad. I guess this means no more Ichirolls at the sushi stand in Safeco.
 
2012-07-23 06:47:38 PM

A Fark Handle: yeah, that's fark up. the whole point of trading someone to the yankees is that they can afford whatever...why pay someone to take ichiro?


He's a tow month rental. Ichrio will sign back wit the M's after the year is up, but Ichiro deserves a chance to win a ring.
 
2012-07-23 06:48:56 PM
Why? Do they need another outfielder?
 
2012-07-23 06:49:07 PM

rcf1105: >still good enough to be a starter


Not on a Major League team, even the Mariners. Their starting outfielders are Michael Saunders, Franklin Gutierrez and Casper Wells. Not that any of them are stars, but they all offer average-ish bats and plus defense (plus-plus in the case of Guti), and a little speed in the case of Saunders. All are preferable to Ichiro's replacement-level bat. And it doesn't even make sense to keep him around as a fourth outfielder since, again, all the starters offer plus defense.
 
2012-07-23 06:49:50 PM
The Yankees are obviously counting on Ichiro's presence to screw with Yu Darvish's mind.
 
2012-07-23 06:50:54 PM

degenerate-afro: The question I have is why.



Because if we keep good players, there is always a risk that a Seattle team might ****ing-well win something for a change, and we can't have that. That would upset the balance of the universe.


In order of probablility:

Touching your ear with your elbow- perpetual motion machine- triangle with four sides- Seattle Pennant.
 
2012-07-23 06:50:56 PM
Well, we all knew he would eventually go back East.
 
2012-07-23 06:51:54 PM

Marcus Aurelius: And the damn Yankees will be scarfing up Cole Hamels next. You watch.


Talks are underway for him to re-sign in Philly. Failing that, Texas is a more likely destination.
 
2012-07-23 06:52:00 PM

Gunny Highway: Why? Do they need another outfielder?


Gardner's out for the season, and their COFs are basically Swisher (who is currently hurt), Andruw (who is fat) and Ibanez (who might not have knees). This gives them a late inning PR/defense guy. I doubt he'll start much, especially against LHP.
 
2012-07-23 06:52:43 PM

FloydA: Because if we keep good players


What does this have to do with Ichiro?
 
2012-07-23 06:54:43 PM
...what?

Why do the Yankees want Ichiro? Why do the Mariners want to lose their only draw?
 
2012-07-23 06:54:54 PM
This is just a cheap attempt to recreate Linsanity in NY.
 
2012-07-23 06:55:17 PM

Gunny Highway: Why? Do they need another outfielder?


Gardner is done for the season, so the Yankees picked up a rental on Ichiro for the last season of his contract for a pair of nobodys (I expect, haven't searched for the names).
 
2012-07-23 06:57:10 PM

DeWayne Mann: Andruw (who is fat) and Ibanez (who might not have knees)


They are doing pretty well platooning out there I thought. I guess it never hurts to have a guy of Ichiro's caliber on the bench but it is a weird move. Gardner going down was a huge blow (can a team with their record claim that?) to the Yanks OF.
 
2012-07-23 06:57:23 PM

Super Chronic: Not on a Major League team, even the Mariners. Their starting outfielders are Michael Saunders, Franklin Gutierrez and Casper Wells. Not that any of them are stars, but they all offer average-ish bats and plus defense (plus-plus in the case of Guti), and a little speed in the case of Saunders. All are preferable to Ichiro's replacement-level bat. And it doesn't even make sense to keep him around as a fourth outfielder since, again, all the starters offer plus defense.


I'll give you Saunders, but Ichiro is still much, much better defensively than Gutierrez and Wells, so much so that the Mariners are a better team with him in the outfield, even with his declining bat.
 
2012-07-23 06:57:24 PM

Gunny Highway: Why? Do they need another outfielder?


With Brett Gardner going down for the season (and the Yankees probably mad at getting swept), he's some insurance. Granderson is entrenched in center, but Swisher, Jones, Ibanez and Wise are your corner outfielders. Think of this defensively and maybe it makes more sense.
 
2012-07-23 06:57:34 PM
Ichiro's not what he was. As much as I like the guy, he's actually a legitimately bad hitter at this point. Magic beans was about all the Mariners could expect.
 
2012-07-23 06:57:39 PM
Ichiro had the worst year of his career last season and is doing worse this year. Dude is finished, no idea why the Yankees would pick him up.
 
2012-07-23 06:58:38 PM
Damnit, the Mariners were supposed to keep him for another 3 or 4 years, until he obtained 3,000 hits.

The team is going to be horrible anyway, and the leadership does not care to improve the franchise, so why not keep him around and have a few thousand people at each game?
 
2012-07-23 07:00:01 PM

Droog8912: Gunny Highway: Why? Do they need another outfielder?

Gardner is done for the season, so the Yankees picked up a rental on Ichiro for the last season of his contract for a pair of nobodys (I expect, haven't searched for the names).


DJ Mitchell and Danny Farkuhar, er, Farquhar. Both have actually touched the majors at some point (Mitchell this year; Farquhar last year with Toronto), though that obviously doesn't mean they're anything special.
 
2012-07-23 07:01:18 PM

rcf1105: Super Chronic: Not on a Major League team, even the Mariners. Their starting outfielders are Michael Saunders, Franklin Gutierrez and Casper Wells. Not that any of them are stars, but they all offer average-ish bats and plus defense (plus-plus in the case of Guti), and a little speed in the case of Saunders. All are preferable to Ichiro's replacement-level bat. And it doesn't even make sense to keep him around as a fourth outfielder since, again, all the starters offer plus defense.

I'll give you Saunders, but Ichiro is still much, much better defensively than Gutierrez and Wells, so much so that the Mariners are a better team with him in the outfield, even with his declining bat.


Is this true? Franklin Gutierrez is 2nd among active OFs in dWAR. That isn't to say he's playing well now, just that he had two huge defensive years in 2008 and 2009.

dWAR can be suspect, but it's most of my argument for putting Andruw Jones in the HoF. Really. 400 hr and maybe the best CF ever? Hall of Fame. Heck, by total dWAR, Jones is the best defensive outfielder of all time.

And he's now a blob.
 
2012-07-23 07:01:58 PM

rcf1105: Ichiro is still much, much better defensively than Gutierrez


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Ichiro is a fine fielder, but he's no Guti.
 
2012-07-23 07:04:00 PM
Noooooooooooo!

On one hand, I was preparing for him to be traded and wanted to see him go win a championship (wasn't happening in Seattle), but on the other hand I wanted to see him get 3k hits and retire a Mariner.

Why couldn't it be any other team?

I have owned one baseball jersey in my life, a #51 Ichiro dark blue mariners jersey. Thought it was safe from becoming outdated....
 
2012-07-23 07:04:01 PM

Gunny Highway: They are doing pretty well platooning out there


They're both basically average hitters with bad baserunning. Andruw is ok defensively, but Ibanez is a complete joke out there.

rcf1105: much better defensively than Gutierrez


Wut? Gutierrez is one of the best defensive CFs in the game.
 
2012-07-23 07:04:16 PM

tenton: Gunny Highway: Why? Do they need another outfielder?

With Brett Gardner going down for the season (and the Yankees probably mad at getting swept), he's some insurance. Granderson is entrenched in center, but Swisher, Jones, Ibanez and Wise are your corner outfielders. Think of this defensively and maybe it makes more sense.


I am ignorant to Ichiro's defensive ability at this point in his career. I take it he is an upgrade.
 
2012-07-23 07:04:24 PM
Ichiro is a .297 hitter this year away from SafeCo and a .214 hitter there. He'll do fine.
 
2012-07-23 07:04:41 PM

you are a puppet: This is just a cheap attempt to recreate Linsanity in NY.


they all look the same maybe no one will notice.
 
2012-07-23 07:05:27 PM
The Mariners are the most depressing team in baseball. If they're going to be bad, I'd at least prefer that they're bad with Ichiro and Felix.

Jack Z should have DFA'd Chone Figgins simultaneously to make the medicine go down easier.
 
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