07 March, 2018
ESPN.com 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.
It looks like Ichiro Suzuki is going back to Seattle.
An injury to outfielder Ben Gamel - who suffered an oblique strain that will keep him sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks - could clear an opportunity with the Mariners for the 10-time All-Star.
Gamel, 25, is in line for regular at-bats with the 2018 Mariners after posting a solid.275/.322/.413 slash with 11 homers, 27 doubles and five triples through 550 plate appearances previous year in his first full big league season.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that the Mariners are close to finalizing a one-year major-league deal with the 44-year-old outfielder. Right fielder Mitch Haniger has tendinitis in his hand, and reserve outfielder Guillermo Heredia is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
Ichiro Suzuki planning reunion with Seattle Mariners: report
The future Hall of Famer has spent the majority of his 17-year major-league career with the Mariners.
In 2001, Suzuki hit.350 with 242 hits and 56 stolen bases to earn the American League Rookie of the Year and AL MVP awards.
The Miami Marlins did not pick up Ichiro's club option of $2 million making him a free agent for this season.
Suzuki came to Seattle in 2001 after playing 9 years in Japan.
Ichiro may not have much left in the tank - he hit only.255/.318/.332 in 2017 - but he's healthy and still wants to play in the bigs.
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