There has been a distinct lack of Reds news during these cold, dark winter months, but this one raised an eyebrow. There’s a piece by Barry Bloom over at MLB.com about the 44-year-old Ichiro Suzuki and his potential return to Japan. Evidently, his agent, John Boggs, is holding out hope that he’ll still get an offer to play in America in 2018. Buried near the end is this nugget:
Boggs said he will continue to make the rounds until he gets a bite.
“They know he’s out there,” Boggs said. “There was some hope with the Mets, and they signed Jay Bruce. There was some hope with the Reds if they moved Billy Hamilton, and then that didn’t pan out. We’re just waiting for the next shoe to drop. We keep being told, ‘Check back, check back,’ and I can say that with a half-dozen teams.”
Looks like the Reds were kicking the tires, looking for a 2018 backup plan in the event they had been able to trade Billy Hamilton. Further, it sounds like the Reds have moved on, at least for now. But keep this in the back of your mind in case the Hamilton trade talks get rolling again. If the Reds decide to reach out to Ichiro in the future, it appears they wouldn’t have much competition for his services.
At this time, I’ll make no judgment over whether Ichiro can provide any value to the 2018 Cincinnati Reds. And I love making judgments.