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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

M’s - Reportedly Signed Ichiro

Seattle Mariners - Have reported signed CF Ichiro~! to a 5-year contract worth in the neighborhood of $100 million.

That’s a lot of money.  Ichiro is a fine player, but that’s, well, a lot of money.  There’s no reason to expect that he won’t age well, at least, so I don’t think the Mariners are going to get hosed here, but he’s not going to contribute ultra-superstar play.  It’s too bad that, with international money shared completely, the Mariners can’t get take more advantage of Ichiro to bring in some juicy yen.  The Mariners will now have to decide quickly what they’re going to do with Adam Jones.

2007 ZiPS Projection - Ichiro!!!111oneoneonetwotwotwo
Period       AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
Actual 2007*  357 61 128 13 4   5 39 31 35 23 .359 .411 .459
Rest of 2007 311 50 103 10 3   5 22 24 31 17 .331 .383 .431
2007 Total   668 111 231 23 7 10 61 55 66 40 .346 .398 .446
2008       669 104 209 19 6   8 54 53 73 32 .312 .366 .395
* - Includes minor league translation, if applicable.

Top Comp: Brett Butler

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 11, 2007 at 01:38 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Guts Posted: July 11, 2007 at 04:12 AM (#2437153)
According to Jeannie Zelasko, he's going to be a free agent.
   2. Repoz Posted: July 11, 2007 at 04:30 AM (#2437164)
According to Jeannie Zelasko, plastic lips are making a comeback.
   3. NBarnes Posted: July 11, 2007 at 08:12 AM (#2437246)
According to Jason Churchill, Adam Jones is being brought up, Vidro is getting benched, and Ibanez is going to be DHing.

Which means that Bavasi traded Chris Snelling, Emilo Fruto, and Rafael Soriano for a bench bat with no defensive value and no power and a bad #5 starter who might get squeezed off the back end of the rotation all together.
   4. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 11, 2007 at 08:28 AM (#2437247)
According to Jeannie Zelasko, she makes witty remarks in English that entertain Japanese speakers.
   5. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 11, 2007 at 08:47 AM (#2437249)
According to Jeannie Zelasko, Ernie Harwell should shut the hell up so they can do a Taco Bell promo.
   6. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: July 11, 2007 at 08:59 AM (#2437250)
If I ever had to be interviewed by Zelasko, I'd also pretend I didn't speak English.
   7. THEOSU Posted: July 12, 2007 at 03:29 PM (#2438309)
not sure if the comments by marlins president david samson are getting any publicity. on le batard's show in miami he said something to the effect of this contract will bring the sport down. i realize that in addition to looking at the mumbers samson has an agenda to sell, but he's missing a critical element.

while it's true that international money is shared, ichiro seems to be one of a handful of players that's worth many millions of dollars in marketing alone. as ichiro seems to have a skill set that will age well, it strikes me as an entirely reasonable assumption that this contract will be quite profitable for the mariners, despite it's superficially ridiculous amount.

a hooker cut to look like jeannie zelasko is still a hooker.
she looks just like jeannie zelasko
she is jeannie zelasko
she is jeannie zelasko
   8. bookbook Posted: July 12, 2007 at 05:41 PM (#2438492)
Ichiro's been so overrated he's underrated.

On the one hand, no one's worth $20 million/yr and we're talking about the late 30's of a small guy without much power.

On the other hand, he's durable, likely to age well, strong defensively at an up the middle position and one of the few true leadoff hitters in the game (Yeah, a few more walks would be nice, but I wouldn't mess).

He's also the star of a wealthy franchise that works with a fanbase that is more in love with eating sushi at the stadium than knowledgeable about the long grind of a 162-game season.

I'm sure he's worth it to the M's bottom line. I don't know, but he may be worth it on the field as well.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 12, 2007 at 05:47 PM (#2438498)
on le batard's show in miami he said something to the effect of this contract will bring the sport down.

Its high comedy that anyone from Marlins management is criticizing anyone for bringing the sport down.
   10. J. Lowenstein Apathy Club Posted: July 12, 2007 at 06:07 PM (#2438515)
not sure if the comments by marlins president david samson are getting any publicity

The day I take seriously anything david samson (good use of lowercase) says, I will put a bullet through my head.
   11. NBarnes Posted: July 13, 2007 at 06:46 AM (#2439743)
You can't learn anything by taking David Samson's statements and applying some sort of adjustment or shade to them. They are simply valueless. He doesn't have a point once you consider X, Y, or Z that he missed, he's just a greedy, stupid, liar.

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