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According to a few of the best estimates, Franklin Gutierrez is about 20 runs better than an average defensive center fielder.

According to a few of the best estimates, Endy Chavez is about 20 runs better than an average defensive left fielder.

According to a few of the best estimates, Ichiro is about 10 runs better than an average defensive right fielder.

Together, those three players would save a team something like 50 runs in the field (over average) if they played ~every day. If the average team allows 750 runs in a season, than a regular outfield of Chavez/Gutierrez/Ichiro would reduce that figure by 6.7%.

Over the past three years, Safeco has reduced runs by about 8%.

If the Mariners were to field a trio of Chavez/Gutierrez/Ichiro on a regular basis this season, they would be providing for themselves an approximation of the Safeco effect on the road, and nearly doubling it for themselves at home.