Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Mariners Working To Finalize One-Year Deal With Ichiro

Mariners Working To Finalize One-Year Deal With Ichiro

Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Miami Marlins acknowledges the crowd while being honored by the Seattle Mariners before a game at Safeco Field on April 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.

The deal for Ichiro could be ready to sign by early Tuesday, said one source.

The Mariners had high hopes for Gamel this season after posting a.275 batting average with 59 RBI's a year ago. He recorded more than 2,500 hits and won 10 Gold Glove Awards during that time. "(Mariners general manager) Jerry Dipoto probably didn't feel like he needed to go out and make a big move because these injuries are sort of minor". Outfielder Guillermo Heredia has not returned from shoulder surgery during the offseason, leaving the Mariners thin in the outfield.

Suzuki, 44, played for the Mariners from 2001 until a midseason trade in 2012.

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

- Sept 9: set Major League Baseball record for most pinch hit at-bats in a season with 84.

On July 4 of past year, Ichiro's batting average was.202, but the remainder of the season he hit.315 and finished at.255. He set a new record with 109 appearances at the plate as a pinch hitter, and posted a franchise record for pinch-hits with 27.

Ichiro, 44, is understood to be finalizing a contract with the Mariners, with whom he previously played for almost 12 years.

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