Orioles showing interest in Ichiro
The Orioles lost a crucial pair of outfielders — Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis — this offseason thanks to free agency. Now they may be looking toward a veteran replacement to help make up for the loss.
Ichiro Suzki is the latest outfielder on the Orioles radar, according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com. Suzuki turned 41 in October and needs 156 more hits to reach 3,000 during his career in Major League Baseball.
The Yankees planned on using Suzuki in a platoon role this past season, but injuries and some ineffectiveness in their outfield turned him into an everyday player. He compiled a slash line of .284/.324/.340 in 143 games in New York last season, respectable numbers along with 102 hits. So it seems almost certain that if Suzuki were to surpass 3,000, he will need to play at least two more seasons.
He was said to have drawn some mild interest during the Winter Meetings but nothing serious ever materialized.
The Orioles are trying to maintain their place atop the American League East after running away with it in 2014, however, the Red Sox, Blue Jays and Yankees have all made major additions during free agency. Baltimore is also reportedly considering free agents Nori Aoki and Colby Rasmus to help fill their vacancies in the outfield.
— Jamal Collier