Ichiro and Seattle Mariners finalizing deal

  • Ichiro and Seattle Mariners finalizing deal

Ichiro and Seattle Mariners finalizing deal

Here's a fun story to begin the new week with: Ichiro Suzuki is rejoining the Seattle Mariners.

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

The Mariners' outfield has been decimated by injuries.

The future Hall of Famer has spent the majority of his 17-year major-league career with the Mariners.

The Mariners had high hopes for Gamel this season after posting a.275 batting average with 59 RBI's a year ago.

Ichiro Suzuki set to return to the Mariners, per reports
Ichiro Suzuki planning reunion with Seattle Mariners: report

Gamel is one more name being added to a long list of players with ailments for Seattle.

Seattle has not played in the postseason since the 2001 rookie season of Ichiro, when he won both the MVP of the American League and the Rookie of the Year leading the Mariners to 116 wins, a league record, during the regular season. Another returning outfielder, Guillermo Heredia, is coming off shoulder surgery and is being worked in slowly.

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

Last season he played on a part-time basis with the Marlins, batting just.255/.318/.332 in 196 at-bats, the lowest of his career. After three years in NY and three with the Miami Marlins, Ichiro received a buyout when Miami did not pick up his option. He opened his Major League Baseball career with 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons. He spent the first 11 1/2 seasons in Seattle before being traded to the New York Yankees in 2012 season.