Mariners Analysis

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Vernon Wells

So if Vernon Wells is "worth" roughly $18 million/yr, as recent reports suggest regarding the latest offer from Toronto, we float the question again... just how much would Ichiro get in the open market?

A 5 year, $100 million offer would not surprise me given the market conditions today.

It is quite possible this is the last season for Ichiro, unless the Mariners make an offer he can't refuse. Toronto faces many of the same issues Seattle has- remote location, weather, small market etc... and they understand you have to pay more than Boston, LA or NY.

You can rest assured Lincoln and Bavasi are watching the Wells negotiations with interest.