Seems to me that this is the question that must be asked by the Mariners. Larry Stone writes today in The Times that even if they have the money, Ichiro! may not be inclined to take it, given the poor performance of the team over the last three seasons. And after seeing the contracts that Vernon Wells and Gary Matthews signed this Winter, it will cost a boatload of money to get Ichiro! signed. I'm in agreement with Larry Stone here - the Mariners need to find out the answer to this question and then take the appropriate action.