Ichiro Suzuki to sign one-year deal with Seattle

Ichiro Suzuki to sign one-year deal with Seattle

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.

Suzuki came to Seattle in 2001 after playing 9 years in Japan.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Seattle Mariners are close to signing a one-year deal with the 44-year-old. He is also the first position player from Japan to sign with a major league club. The left fielder joins a list of already ailing Mariner outfielders, with both Mitch Haniger and Guillermo Heredia now sidelined with injuries. However, as Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times points out (on Twitter), Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger is dealing with tendinitis in his hand and hasn't taken batting practice in almost a week. Presumably the Mariners have assigned him an assistant trainer to cut his steaks and keep him on an autograph count to lessen his chances for injury.

Ichiro Suzuki set to return to the Mariners, per reports

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

Having traded away most of their MLB-ready prospects, the Mariners farm system does not have an obvious candidate for a promotion. "Of course, I want to play baseball next year".

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. He was both American League MVP and Rookie of the Year in 2001. In the off-season, they hired as a non-roster invitee Kirk Nieuwenhuis, 30, who has 978 at-bats in six major league seasons with four teams.

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