Originally Posted by jojo
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 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.
Dunn not in Ichiro's class? What a joke. While obviously Ichiro is still much better than Pierre, Dunn is every bit the offensive player Ichiro is, and then some. To suggest otherwise is pure daftness--or homerism. I'm not sure which.
Factor in age, and it's Dunn who's the tremendous bargain.