Ichiro Suzuki planning reunion with Seattle Mariners

Arnold Nichols
March 7, 2018

The 44-year-old has spent the last three seasons with the Miami Marlins.

Outfielder Ichiro and the Seattle Mariners are finalizing a one-year deal that would bring back the legendary Japanese star to the place where he started his Major League Baseball career, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

The Mariners open the 2018 season at home March, 29., vs the Cleveland Indians.

As the injury cart rolls into the Mariners' camp extra early this year, it appears that former Seattle superstar Ichiro Suzuki is on his way back to the Pacific Northwest. 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.

Though Ichiro's production has understandably taken a hit in recent years, he's put a lot of work into staying in playing shape into his mid-40s.

But the Seattle Times reported he strained a hamstring running the bases and has missed a week.

The future Hall of Famer has accumulated 3,080 hits over his 17-year major league career.

He's said he wants to play until he's 50.

Ichiro was the American League MVP and Rookie of the Year in his first season with the Mariners. Heredia recently made his spring debut and has had a couple of at-bats, but he's more of a depth piece and fourth outfielder than an everyday option (though he could handle left field on a short-term basis with Gamel out).

His hire would have to await a return from Japan and a passing a physical exam, so his bobblehead night is not yet known.

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