Hickey: why is Ichiro in right?
Hickey takes a minute to express his bafflement at Ichiro’s move.
It is weird: they’re moving Ichiro to right to make room for a WFB/Reed platoon, it looks like, so they’re displacing Wlad, who was hitting an anemic .196/.265/.346, with WFB, a career .258/.313./.323 hitter, and Reed, who with this year’s rally is still at .254/.316/.368. Now potentially, you replace Wlad’s bad glove with Ichiro’s good one, and get Reed, a competent center, in there a lot, that’s a wholescale outfield defense upgrade.
And maybe they think that all the running in center’s caught up to him and is taking a lot out of Ichiro’s legs, which has affected his ability to run out infield hits, harming his offensive game, and putting him in right you get good defense in right, happy Ichiro, and his average will go back up. We’ll see if that’s the case.