Report: Marlins ‘intensify’ pursuit of Ichiro

The Marlins’ starting outfield is set with Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna, but their lack of depth has left them searching for a fourth outfielder.

Could Ichiro Suzuki fit the bill?

According to a tweet from ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Marlins’ interest in the 41-year-old outfielder “has begun to intensify.”

The Blue Jays and Orioles also have been linked to Ichiro, who posted a .284/.324/.340 slash line with one homer, 22 RBIs and 15 steals in 143 games for the Yankees last season. The 10-time All-Star and former American League MVP is only 156 hits away from 3,000 in his Major League career.

Ichiro’s experience and speed would be a valuable asset off the bench, but he obviously lacks power — he slugged just .341 over the past two years in New York — and it remains to be seen whether he fits the Marlins’ budget.

As MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro tweeted, the Marlins are on track for a payroll around their target of $65 million. Frisaro notes that total would take Miami out of the bidding for James Shields and put them in line for a reasonably priced fourth outfielder.

Ichiro made $6.5 million each of the last two seasons, but that figure is likely to come down considering his age and declining production, particularly if interested teams view him as strictly a fourth or platoon outfielder.

-Adam Berry

3 Comments

hang it up Ichiro – the game has passed you by

284 BA, no need to hang em up, good bench player as and every roster piece is key nowadays

For the right price he would be a nice pickup for a team needing a good outfielder. He is now an average player. Nothing wrong with that.

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