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July 10, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Ichiro’s drive for five

And he hits an inside-the-park home run to-boot? Can you say All-Star-Game MVP? It’s 4-2 for the American League after that solo home run in the eighth inning by Victor Martinez. But this is smelling like an all-Mariners night. Ichiro as MVP, J.J. Putz to close it out in the ninth. What could be better? Adam Jones getting called up? Jason Churchill over at Prospect Insider is reporting that tonight. As I mentioned over the weekend, the M’s have told me Jones will be called up well before September. I’d fully expected them to do it at the break. Looks like they will. What a day to be a Mariners fan.
STONE BREAKS ICHIRO STORY
The great Larry Stone comes through with the scoop every Seattle writer has been after since last season, detailing a five-year, $100 million contract being finalized between Ichiro and the Mariners. No matter what kind words some of you say about me, Larry is “The Man” around these parts and this story (while he’s covering the All-Star Game no less) proves it. Remember, he’s the guy who broke the news about Mike Hargrove resigning, as posted on this blog nine days ago. So, kudos to Larry for making my job a whole lot easier.
So, what does this mean to the M’s? Are they now free to deal Adam Jones for somebody’s top pitching prospect? A Class AAA guy who could help the team next season? Jones was the center fielder of the future. Do you move him to another position and have him try to become another Ken Griffey Jr. (whoa, there, Baker, slow down…), make that, a five-tool stud, alongside Ichiro for years to come. Or do you use your ultimate trade chit to get pitching help now, or call him up and deal him in the off-season?
What does the security of Ichiro signing, once it’s official in coming days, give the M’s in terms of bargaining power they didn’t have before. I’d say it just got a great deal more interesting. But I don’t want to steal Larry Stone’s thunder. This is his day, so have at it.

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