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What others are saying about the Ichiro trade

What others are saying about the Ichiro trade to the Yankees

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What people are saying about the Ichiro trade:

The media

"It was a decision that had to be made. The Mariners have finished in last place in the American League West in six of the last eight years and are sitting in last again this year. He wants to play on a winner again."

— Bob Nightengale, USA Today

"It's not surprising the Mariners couldn't garner a bigger return from the Yankees' search for outfield depth. What's more surprising is that they were able to get anything in return at all. Ichiro is mired in the worst season of his American career. ... "

— Kevin Kaduk, Yahoo.com

"This was a far cry from the offseason blockbuster that sent Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to the Pacific Northwest and Michael Pineda and Jose Campos east.

This is a 21/2-month rental of a possible future Hall of Famer whom the Yankees hope is rejuvenated by heading from the last-place Mariners to the first-place Yankees."

— Erik Boland, Newsday

"Where do you want me to start? Offensively, defensively, on the bases, a lot of different ways he (Ichiro) can beat you."

Derek Jeter

"We're very excited with the caliber of player we are getting. We feel that he brings the speed element. He's a tremendous hitter."

Joe Girardi

"He deserves a chance to play for a contending team before the end of his magnificent career. The Mariners should not stand in his way."

Howard Lincoln

"Once he came to us and talked about how he saw the future unfolding and where we were and what he wanted to do and the remainder of his career, we tried to accommodate his request."

Chuck Armstrong

"This is a 2 ½-month rental of a possible future Hall of Famer whom the Yankees hope is rejuvenated by heading from the last-place Mariners to the first-place Yankees."

Erik Boland

"The Mariners have finished in last place in the American League West in six of the last eight years and are sitting in last again this year. He wants to play on a winner again."

Bob Nightengale

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