Pedantic wrote:I don't think he goes anywhere else even as a free agent. The Mariners have the means to be competitive in the near future. They will spend the money to win. They will certainly spend the money to keep him around. I just don't see Ichiro leaving unless he feels that the organization has really disrespected him. As long as he is comfortable here, there is really little incentive to go elsewhere.
The Mariners organization has a nice history of trading/letting superstars leave: Randy Johnson, Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr.
Ichiro is still a huge name and the foreign audience he brings make his stock extend outside of just the baseball field. As Ichiro-mania begins to subside somewhat in Seattle, I wouldn't be surprised if the Mariners dealt him for another young crop of players, like they did with RJ and Griffey.
I actually think it may be in the organization's best interest, especially if they market him right to the other teams.