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Putz delivers his own pitch to Ichiro

"I've been lobbying him for a while," Putz said during the buildup to Tuesday's All-Star Game. "We're anxious to have him with us for a while. And we know it's not about money for him. The thing is we're winning, we're playing good, and we know he likes that. That's want he wants.



Putz delivers his own pitch to Ichiro
Closer has been lobbying star to stay with Mariners

By JOHN HICKEY
P-I REPORTER

SAN FRANCISCO -- The deeper the Mariners get into the season, the more often the subject of Ichiro Suzuki's future in a Seattle uniform comes up.

The seven-time All-Star will be a free agent at the end of the season. Or at least he can be. Ichiro has never come to an All-Star Game when the subject of his future as a Mariner has been a topic.

Fans are concerned. But let's not forget the other 24 players on Seattle's roster. Speaking for them, fellow Mariner All-Star J.J. Putz said Monday he's nudging Ichiro toward getting a deal done that will keep him in Seattle for the immediate future.

"I've been lobbying him for a while," Putz said during the buildup to Tuesday's All-Star Game. "We're anxious to have him with us for a while. And we know it's not about money for him. The thing is we're winning, we're playing good, and we know he likes that. That's want he wants.

"I hope it sways him, because we're playing better all the time. We've got good things going here, and it would be a shame if he did leave. Ask the other 24 guys, and they all want him to stay. It's ultimately his business, of course. But from a selfish standpoint, I want to have him here. He saves me a ton of runs and a ton of hits."

The San Francisco Giants have coveted Ichiro, who is averaging .359 at the All-Star break, for a few years now. So it was not much of a surprise when a Bay Area writer asked Ichiro on Monday if he would consider San Francisco as a destination if Seattle doesn't work out.

"I can't believe you would ask me that question," Ichiro said through an interpreter. "You can make your own opinions."

Did he answer the question? No. As it happens, he doesn't even answer when someone close to him asks.

So what exactly is Ichiro's response when Putz suggests he put his name on a new contract?

"He just smiles," Putz said. "That's just Ichiro. He's an amazing, special player. He's the guy who starts everything for us."

And Ichiro, if remaining hard to read, seems to be having a much better time of it this year after three consecutive losing seasons.

The losing mentality is no more. "I don't feel a speck of that losing mentality," Ichiro said. "Things are completely different now. The mental state is different and how everyone is taking it is totally different than last year. There have been seasons in the past where the season would be already over at this point.

"But this team has a lot of talent. Every player on this team has something to offer. Up and down the lineup, opposing pitchers don't have a lot of breaks."

Ichiro will be the leadoff hitter for the American League on Tuesday, the first player to bat in the All-Star Game. He'll also be the center fielder, as is usually the case. However, this is the first year he'll be the center fielder after actually having played center field during the season.

He moved into that position last August after Jeremy Reed was hurt, and the Mariners are a better team for it, having added Jose Guillen to play right field. Guillen has not only been healthy, but he has a .283 average, 10 homers and 52 RBIs. Most recently, he's been the cleanup hitter.

And the move has made Ichiro a better player, too.

"When I first moved over, I was concerned about playing center," Ichiro said. "Now I'm very happy. When I first moved, I didn't have the confidence in myself, and I didn't know how the team would be once I moved.

"I find now I can utilize more of my abilities."

About the only ability Ichiro doesn't now utilize is his power. He has five homers, but if you watch him take batting practice, you'd think he should have 25.

Putz said he suggested to Ichiro that he enter the Home Run Derby. Ichiro has heard that before, and has declined. But he has great batting practice power.

"I've watched him hit 12 homers in a row, one right after another," Putz said. "I talked to him, and he said he doesn't want to disrupt the true power hitters. But I'd put my whole year's salary on him winning the Home Run Derby if he got the chance.

"So, yeah, I want to keep him in Seattle. And one year I'd like to see him get the chance in the Home Run Derby. And that would be something."

Source: SeattlePI
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