The downside of the Ichiro trade 

July, 24, 2012

IchiroOtto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesIchiro bows to Mariners fans, but it may also be a bow to his productive days at the plate.
The Yankees' trade for Ichiro Suzuki is interesting in the same way that Joe Namath playing for the Los Angeles Rams was interesting. Ichiro is an easy first-ballot Hall of Famer and has been an amalgam of hits, stolen bases, Gold Glove Awards and All-Star votes in his career, but it's unclear how he represents an upgrade for the New York Yankees, other than for their network.