Mariners Working To Finalize One-Year Deal With Ichiro

Erica Murray
March 7, 2018

A reunion with the Mariners would bring Ichiro's career full circle and would be a fitting place for achieving even further milestones in his career. Ichiro has been working out in Japan and was expected to play there in 2018 unless he had an offer from Major League Baseball.

The Mariners were hopeful that Gamel would miss only a few days but an MRI revealed a more extensive injury after it was reviewed by team physicians. Outfielder Guillermo Heredia has not returned from shoulder surgery during the offseason, leaving the Mariners thin in the outfield.

On July 4 of previous year, Ichiro's batting average was.202, but the remainder of the season he hit.315 and finished at.255.

The new deal comes just four months after Ichiro became a free agent when he was released by the Miami Marlins.

Having traded away most of their MLB-ready prospects, the Mariners farm system does not have an obvious candidate for a promotion.

The two sides are nearing an agreement on a major league contract. He has a career.221 average with 31 homers and 117 RBIs and a 2.8 WAR. Of course, at 44 years old, the future Hall of Famer would assume a much different role for the Mariners in 2018 than he did in 2012.

The outfielder spent 12 years in Seattle from 2001-12. He was named the American League MVP that season.

Still, Seattle fans will get to see Ichiro Suzuki take the field a couple more times while wearing a Mariners jersey.

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