Ichiro Suzuki, former MVP and ten-time all-star, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners. Bob Nightengale was first to report this deal with the Mariners and its structure 0f one-year, $750,000 plus incentives that could reach $1.25 million. Ichiro, now 43, played in 136 games in 2017 producing a slash line of .255/.318/.332 for the Miami Marlins.
Ichiro Suzuki’s $750,000 deal with #Mariners pays him another $1.25 million if he reaches 400 plate appearances
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 8, 2018
Ichiro was a part of the now rebuilding Marlins, he is the latest to jump ship following the likenesses of Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, and Christian Yelich. Ichiro is now rejoining the Mariners for the first time since 2012 when he was traded to the New York Yankees. The Mariners fans turned their attention to Ichiro being reintroduced today and welcomed him back with open arms including his new teammates Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz, and former Marlin teammate Dee Gordon who was acquired via trade.
I-CHI-RO! I-CHI-RO! I-CHI-RO!
— Mariners (@Mariners) March 7, 2018
As the rule of thumb follows suit, Ichiro’s numbers have deteriorated as the time has gone on but Ichiro is back and looking to provide any help to the Mariners lineup. The Mariners are hoping that Ichiro is the piece the team is missing that will tie their clubhouse together even with Ichiro being the elder in the clubhouse.