The Seattle Mariners have not started the season off how they would like. Three of their four top outfielders are currently battling injury issues:
Left fielder, Ben Gamel, is out four to six weeks with a strained right oblique muscle.
Right fielder, Mitch Haniger, has not been in the lineup this spring, however, he was cleared Friday to swing after dealing with hand soreness.
The fourth outfielder, Guillermo Heredia, is recovering from shoulder surgery, just being cleared to participate in games.
It is no wonder that the Mariners are looking to add some depth to their outfield. According to sources close to the situation, the club will be adding Ichiro Suzuki to their lineup, pending a physical. Seattle’s front office has not commented.
Ichiro is no stranger to the Seattle organization. The future Hall of Famer has spent 17 seasons in the Majors, 11 of them being with the Mariners. He signed with the club in 2001 and went on to win 10 Gold Gloves and received 10 American League All-Star bids.
Halfway through the 2012 season, the Mariners traded their 2001 AL MVP and Rookie of the Year to the New York Yankees where he spent the next 2 ½ years. Ichiro spent the last three years of his MLB career with the Miami Marlins, until the club released him in 2018, opting out of his $2 million contract.
Ichiro has a career .312 batting average, 509 stolen bases, and 3080 hits. The 44-year-old is the 30th player in MLB history to surpass the 3,000 hit mark, and holds the season record for hits with 262 in his 2004 campaign.
Ichiro is sure to make a great addition and add some much-needed insurance to the Mariners, as well as a veteran leader to the locker room.
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