Originally Posted by paulrichjr
When the Yanks made the deal to get him I honestly thought it was a brilliant move and could not understand why the Reds weren't players.
Because Ichiro gave the Mariners a list of teams he was interested in being traded to and he could have vetoed a trade to the Reds, and almost certainly would have.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."