Originally Posted by SteelSD
The most overrated MLB player of our generation has a .800+ OPS halfway into his age 33 season and he gets 90M bucks. If he finishes at an OPS above .800, it'll be the first time in three years and only the second time in his last five.
35% of Suzuki's career walks have been of the Intentional variety. Because other teams are worried about him hitting singles. At this point in his career, the guy is basically Juan Pierre with better bat control and a better arm.
Ichiro's bat has roughly averaged 5 wins a year over replacement during the three seasons you reference (cumulative VORP=149.2; RC: 380) while he's been a plus defender (winning a GG each season he's been in the majors for what that's worth). Over that span, his bat alone has been worth 3 to 6 wins more than Dunn's (VORP=121; RC: 318) depending upon whether you want to consider VORP or RC while the gap in their worth grows significantly wider when their defensive abilities are included in the overall comparison.
This season Ichiro is once again a plus defender in centerfield
and has the sixth highest VORP in the majors
(VORP: 44; RC:79) while currently playing for a $11M. He's a steal. Dunn BTW is having something of a resurgence year offensively with the 54th highest VORP in the majors (while being paid $10M) but once again is a bottom tier defender for his position (VORP: 24; RC: 56).
It's pretty surprising for you of all people to suggest Ichiro and Pierre are similar players. They're not even close to being in the same class of player.
While jokingly suggesting he wants to play more like Ichiro, there is very good reason for Dunn to wish that in reality. Ichiro is both a better offensive and defensive player-Dunn isn't even in Ichiro's class.