Marlins reportedly sign Ichiro to one-year deal
The Marlins have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, according to Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio.
The 10-time All-Star will provide the Marlins with added depth as a fourth outfielder behind starters Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich. Suzuki, whp turned 41 in October, still hit a respectable .284/.324/.340 over 143 games for the Yankees last season, while also stealing 15 bases.
Though he has played primarily right field since 2009, Suzuki did make brief appearances in both left and center field with the Yanks last season and could make appearances at either spot for the Marlins, if needed.
Most notably, Suzuki is just 156 hits shy of 3,000 for his Major League career. While it’s unlikely that he’d rack up that many hits this season, given his limited role, another solid campaign could position him for another one-year deal and a shot at 3,000 in 2016.
— Paul Casella