Mariners Working To Finalize One-Year Deal With Ichiro


He would go on to win AL rookie of the year and MVP in 2001, leading Seattle to a record 116-win season.

With Ichiro planning on playing a few more seasons and the Mariners needing outfield depth with Ben Gamel going down with injury, the signing makes flawless sense.

Over the course of his career, Suzuki appeared in 10 All-Star Games and has won 10 Gold Gloves.

Gamel is added to a growing list of ailments for the Mariners. The Mariners' injuries include first baseman Ryon Healy's hand, outfielder Mitch Haniger's hand and pitcher Felix Hernandez's forearm.

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He played with the Seattle Mariners from 2001 to 2012 before heading to the New York Yankees in a mid-season trade. Outfielder Guillermo Heredia has not returned from shoulder surgery during the offseason, leaving the Mariners thin in the outfield.

The Miami Marlins did not pick up Ichiro's club option of $2 million making him a free agent for this season. baseball writer Jerry Crasnick joined 710 ESPN Seattle's John Clayton on Tuesday morning and spoke about what Ichiro would bring to the Mariners, who are looking for outfield help with three separate players either dealing with injuries or coming back from one.

The 44-year-old Suzuki, who has played the past three seasons with the Florida Marlins, is returning to Seattle after the team announced that outfielder Ben Gamel will miss four to six weeks with an oblique injury, meaning he could miss Opening Day. Last season he hit a dismal.255/.318/.332 for just 50 hits and 17 walks in 215 plate appearances.