more news coming out today about Ichiro being moved out of the leadoff spot. all I heard before today was that he was being moved lower in the order.
there is an article on ESPN http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/75070 ... wedge-says
and part of the quote is this.
If Wedge makes the change, he said he was considering young prospect Dustin Ackley, Franklin Gutierrez and even Chone Figgins as possible replacements in the leadoff role. Ackley would seem the most likely after his debut last year. He played in 90 games, hit .273 with an on-base percentage of .348 and walked 40 times. Wedge considers Suzuki a possible option to bat second or third.
if Ichiro is moved to 2nd or 3rd I think that gives him even more value. I think the Mariners offense will be better this year with a full season of Ackley/Carp/Seager, healthy season of Gutierrez, and maybe an improvement from Smoak. Ichiro could not only be good in R, but also RBI.