M’s: Now hiring. Good positions available.

In addition to the M’s need for a new general manager, they now need a new center fielder. As one of the only bright spots on a suffering baseball team, Ichiro was moved back to his natural hunting grounds of right field.

Wait, don’t the M’s already have a couple of guys who can play center?

Well, sure. Jeremy Reed and Willie Bloomquist. Reed has a decent batting average for a bad team, .275, but he struggles a bit with covering all the acreage of center field. Bloomquist is a fast sprinter, but is hitting a measely .189 this season and generally does better as a utility infielder. Nobody’s being set on fire by the choices here.

Ken Griffey Jr.’s name came up again in news stories this morning, but they can’t be serious: yeah, he’s a record-breaking guy and a favorite in this town, but you can’t put him in center field. He’s hitting barely .245 and running on a pair of ouchy legs. He hasn’t been in center since ’06.

Meanwhile, the M’s are still in free-fall.

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