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Mariners Rumors: Ibanez, Beltre, Ichiro

Posted on: September 25, 2008 2:53 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2008 4:53 pm

More fine work from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times as he takes a look at the future of the Mariners.  A few notes:

  • Raul Ibanez names winning as his top priority, like most players.  He'll still entertain a possible return to Seattle, but it seems likely a more competitive team will make a solid offer.
  • Adrian Beltre doesn't like the idea of playing for a rebuilding club in '09, but he's under contract with the Ms at a reasonable $12MM.  Does it make sense to trade him and let Ibanez walk, opting for a full-out rebuild?  Or do the Mariners need to keep Beltre around to avoid further embarrassment?
  • Ichiro Suzuki is not well-liked in the clubhouse.  Is he a selfish player, or is he being treated unfairly because of the language barrier?
  • The Mariners have questions about their middle-infield tandem of Jose Lopez and Yuniesky Betancourt.  Lopez has defensive issues; Betancourt isn't much with the bat.  Actually Betancourt may have defensive problems as well, in particular going to his left.

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2008 3:54 pm

Mariners Rumors: Ibanez, Beltre, Ichiro

If the Mariners are to re-build, they need to commit to it. If Raul goes, they will get Type A compenstation with a First Round draft pick, If they trade away Beltre, they could aquire much needed talent to replenish the farm system...aka re-explore the Twins trade. And of course Ichiro is not liked in the clubhouse. Just look a the way he carries himself on the field. He goes out their gets his one to two hits and calls it a day. They never should have given him that contract. I would go out on a limb to say he is holding the team back.

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