Former Seattle Mariners outfielder Jay Buhner didn't mince any words when he was asked during a radio interview what his reaction would be if the M's brought back outfielder Ichiro Suzuki on a three-year deal worth $35 million or $40 million. (Ichiro is in the final season of a five-year, $90 million deal).
"I'd vomit," Buhner said on ESPN 710 Seattle. "I mean, really, no offense. No offense, we've got to get this organization turned around. You can't be spending all the money on one guy."
Ichiro had his worst season in the majors, by far, in 2011 when he hit .272 and failed to reach 200 hits for the first time in his North American career, which began in 2001. This season his average is down even more, to .260, and he's again on track to come up short of 200 hits. He's also unlikely to steal 30 bases for just the second time in his big-league tenure.