Transaction Analysis

Mariners sign Ichiro Suzuki for 3 years, $17 million

So the Mariners did in fact sign Japanese star and 7-time Japanese batting title winner Ichiro Suzuki.  This is one of the harder deals to analyze.  The fact is, we have no idea how he will fare facing major league pitching.  We also don’t know how the 5’9" outfielder will handle the American schedule as no position player from Japan ever has.  Remember, in Japan they play a 130-game schedule compared to the 162 games played here.  Also, traveling cross-country in Japan isn’t nearly as grueling as doing it in America.  The reason this move is so risky is that it is reported he will be making in the $5-6 million range for the next three seasons.  Add to that the $13 million they have to pay his old team, the Orix Blue Wave, and all of a sudden you are talking about a player who hasn’t even faced a major league pitch costing about $10 million per season.  If this has any negative effect on their ability to sign Alex Rodriguez, then it becomes a very questionable move.  This has potential to be a great move or a horrible one; we’ll find out which one it is soon enough.

Triple Steal Rating: Single

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.

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