I could have put this in the Ichiro thread but thought I would isolate with its own thread, will see if anyone comments on it
Should the Mariners consider re-signing Ichiro. His figures seem to stack up against some the current Mariners, albeit with limited plate appearances, but realistically he needs 2 seasons to reach his milestone, could room be made for him or should McClendon look to build on youth & dismiss nostalgia
http://sodomojo.com/2014/10/14/ichir...ding%20on%20FSIchiro turns 41 in eight days– and coincidentally he shares a birthday with the Mariners’ own Robinson Cano! but he’s only turning 32. That’s old by any stretch of the baseball imagination. He wouldn’t be an everyday player (hopefully).
However, looking at the Mariners roster, Ichiro’s 1.0 WAR in 2014 would have been tied for 8th among hitters on the team with Logan Morrison. He would have had the 3rd highest WAR among Mariners outfielders, with Dustin Ackley at 2.1 and Michael Saunders at 1.9 according to FanGraphs.
The case against his return
http://sodomojo.com/2014/10/15/seatt...g-back-ichiro/Ichiro is rumored to be searching for a home to slap his 3,000th MLB hit before he retires. He’s currently only 156 shy at 2,844. Realistically, he’ll need a season and a half to make it there. Ichiro is coming off of his lowest hit-total season at only 102, granted he only had 385 plate appearances on the season. If he were to come to Seattle, I’ve already shown that he’d be looking at similar-to-less playing time than what he had in New York.