Perry says M’s should trade Ichiro, uses word “insouciance”
Hey all. I haven’t been around much lately, and that’s not likely to change for the next few days at least. But when I do start posting again in earnest, I may have some exciting news to show for it. Any road, thanks to the others for holding it down top notch in my absence.
Dayn Perry’s latest argues that the Mariners should trade Ichiro ASAP. This is kind of like saying you should wear plastic pants in the sauna for as long as possible: a bad idea made worse by the suggested timeframe.
The core of his logic is that Ichiro’s comments give Bill Bavasi the political cover “needed to do something especially bold.” He then repeats the old knocks on Ichiro about his lack of power relative to other corner outfielders. There’s also this bit:
Ichiro’s also a player whose actual value exceeds his perceived value, and that’s precisely the kind of player who needs to be traded.
I agree with the first clause in that sentence, but fear that Dayn mistakenly transposed the words “actual” and “perceived,” since the sentence as it is written contradicts his argument. Paging Dr. Freud.
Another unfounded assumption in the column is that the M’s are years from contending, and need to add to their core of young talent by off-loading an existing superstar. Dave did a fine job rebutting that notion a few days ago.
Look, this trade isn’t going to happen, not for (as Perry suggests) Philip Hughes and Eric Duncan, not for Jon Papelbon and Dustin Pedroia. And from my perspective, it’s a good thing that this isn’t going to happen.
The old saying goes that history favors the bold. Maybe. It favors the bold and wise much more, though.