davidmarver wrote:To be honest, I think Giambi is a better hitter, but Ichiro brings the intangibles, making this a wash for the two teams.
Ichiro is a huge draw (fabricated or not) and rarely misses a game. Giambi has baggage, a large contract, and ?s still looming over his head.
Giambi is a far better hitter in that he encompasses all Ichiro does (albeit, not on the basepaths) and adds much more power and plate discipline at the same time. Ichiro is a good average hitter and can run the bases, but he doesn't do much else offensively. He doesn't walk and he strikes out far too often for his type of hitter. He's no Tony Gwynn.
While Ichiro is a good fielder, I'm not sure a corner outfielder is what the Yankees necessarily need...I think Giambi at first makes more baseball (maybe not business) sense than Ichiro in rightfield does.
Ichiro would play CF. I don't have any doubt that he could make that transition. However, the fact remains that Ichiro will not be going to the Yankees, or probably anywhere else for that matter.