Mariners Working To Finalize One-Year Deal With Ichiro

Mariners Working To Finalize One-Year Deal With Ichiro

Outfielder Guillermo Heredia has not returned from shoulder surgery during the offseason, leaving the Mariners thin in the outfield.

Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki pops out in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, June 29, 2012, in Seattle. Baseball/real life deity (in the Wilson home, as well as thousands of others) Ken Griffey Jr. came back to Seattle for the last two seasons of his career before retiring and later entering the Hall of Fame on his first ballot. After 11 full seasons with the Mariners during which time he became a 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove victor, Suzuki joined the New York Yankees in a midseason trade.

The news follows a six-day absence by starting RF Mitch Haniger, who is dealing with hand tendinitis that inhibits his swing.

The Marlins declined to pick up a $2 million contract option and bought him out for $500,000, making him a free agent. He had 1,278 hits while playing nine years in Japan.

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The Mariners have not reached the postseason since Ichiro's historic rookie season in 2001, when he was both the American League MVP and Rookie of the Year while leading Seattle to a league-record 116 wins in the regular season.

In 2004, Ichiro broke George Sisler's 84-year-old record for most hits in a season with 257, finishing with a total of 262 and a.372 batting average.

In 2017, he posted a.255/.218/.332 slash line in 136 games as a utility outfielder with Miami Marlins.

The Mariners will be without their starting left fielder to begin the season.

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