Ichiro Suzuki finalizing one-year deal to return to Seattle

Feb 25 2018 Peoria AZ USA Seattle Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

In Seattle, outfielders are hard to come by, especially after the recent injury to left-fielder Ben Gamel, who projects to be out four to six weeks.

Bob Nightengale reports that Ichiro Suzuki is close to finalizing one year major league deal with the Seattle Mariners.

"He keeps himself in great condition, he's willing to accept any role at this point in his career, obviously there's a little bit of a nostalgia fringe benefit I think to him coming back, but I think it's more sort of a short-term fix", Crasnick said of Ichiro. He is also the first position player from Japan to sign with a major league club.

Ichiro became a free agent after the Miami Marlins declined his option for 2018.




Ichiro Suzuki will return to the Seattle Mariners, as he and the Mariners are working out a deal to sign the former icon of the franchise. Suzuki played his first 11 full seasons in the majors with Seattle before being traded to the New York Yankees midway through the 2012 season.

Ichiro, 44, played in 136 games past year as a reserve outfielder for the Marlins, posting a.255/.318/.332 slash line with three home runs, 20 RBI and one stolen base in 215 plate appearances.

Ichiro ranks 22nd with 3,080 career hits but started only 22 games last year and had 196 at-bats, the lowest total of his 17-year career. Oh, and he won Rookie of the Year and American League MVP in the same year, it's whatever.

Last year, Ichiro hit.255 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in 136 games for the Miami Marlins.

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