The Mariners have lost a 38 year old that is currently batting .260. It's not all that bad.
As a Yankee fan it's nice to see big name trades, but who knows how much this guy has left in the tank. The interesting trades will come in the off-season when the Yankees have to figure out who to cut so they come under the Luxury-Tax line.
I can understand the baseball logic behind the trade, they want to get something back for him given that his contract is up at the end of the season and he'll be too old/expensive to re-sign.
But it's Ichiro...
What he's brings back in merchandising, seat sales, what he means to the teams history, fan morale etc. is all worth a lot more than the two nobodies (a little harsh but not far from the truth) he brought back. Is it really that hard to just keep him around for another two months?
It's not like he was taking playing time away from some budding superstar. Even with his un-Ichiro like stat line in the past two years, he's still been one of the Mariners better players, and that's not to mention his defence.
I can understand it, but I don't agree with it.