Ichiro, Mariners close to deal

Ichiro Suzuki then with the Miami Marlins faced the Mariners at Safeco Field last April

Ichiro Suzuki then with the Miami Marlins faced the Mariners at Safeco Field last April

A 10-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove victor, three-time Silver Slugger Award victor, and 2001 AL Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, Ichiro is more than the sum of his accolades, only a few of which are mentioned here.

Ichiro Suzuki will be heading back to Seattle. Sources say he will sign once he clears a physical test. Gamel felt the injury for the first time last week during batting practice.

The Mariners' outfield has been decimated by injuries.

Gamel is added to a growing list of ailments for the Mariners.

Ichiro Suzuki is reportedly on the brink of returning to the place where he began his career in Major League Baseball. Outfielder Guillermo Heredia has not returned from shoulder surgery during the offseason, leaving the Mariners thin in the outfield.

The Miami Marlins did not pick up Ichiro's club option of $2 million making him a free agent for this season. Suzuki played his first 11 full seasons in the majors with Seattle before being traded to the New York Yankees midway through the 2012 season.

Ichiro played in 136 games last season for the Miami Marlins and hit.255 with an OPS of.649.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that the Mariners are close to finalizing a one-year major-league deal with the 44-year-old outfielder. But he managed 27 pinch hits, one short of a single season record.

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