The Mariners made an announcement on Monday that their outfielder Ben Gamel would miss up to six weeks due to an injured oblique, which puts his availability to play on Opening Day up in the air and opens a potential spot on the roster for the Ichiro.
Suzuki, who spent the past three seasons with the Miami Marlins, is getting close to finalizing a one-year major-league deal with the Seattle Mariners, according to a report by USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
If a job in the majors had not opened up, he was planning to play in Japan for the 2018 season. Gamel joins right-fielder Mitch Haniger (hand) and fourth outfielder Guillermo Heredia (shoulder) on the sidelines. 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 is only the sixth player who is 43 years of age or older to have 50 hits or more in a season.
The two sides are nearing an agreement on a major league contract.
Numerous free agent outfielders are unsigned, including Melky Cabrera, 33, but they are likely seeking more than one-year deals. "Of course, I want to play baseball next year".
The future Hall of Famer has spent the majority of his 17-year major-league career with the Mariners.
Mariners fans are going to need to root for something this year after all, and having Ichiro around would make what may be a tough season easier to swallow.
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.
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