Details about Ichiro's contract are trickling out...

It's basically around $90M but he's allowed the Ms to defer approximately $25M of it to be paid out over 20 years after he retires. Basically that means the Ms are only on the hook for about $12M a season over Ichiro's next five years. Basically he's having an MVP type season so far and was willing to accept a paultry raise of $1M next season. Importantly, the deferred moola doesn't count against the payroll tax. Scott Boras would be having a heart attack right now.

People inclined to believe Ichiro is difficult or not a leader/team player really should consider what a gift he gave the Ms considering the likely market for him if he would've become a free agent.