Hot Stove: Ichiro Suzuki agrees to terms with Miami Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki

Well, it seems Ichiro Suzuki is taking his talents from the ‘City That Never Sleeps’ to the ‘Sunshine State’.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting Ichiro Suzuki has agreed to a one-year, $2 Million deal with the Miami Marlins pending a physical.

The Yankees made it clear with the signing of Chris Young earlier in the offseason they weren’t interested in reuniting with Ichiro, and throughout the entire offseason, interest in Ichiro has been rather thin.The Marlins envision Ichiro as their fourth outfielder, a role Ichiro had in 2014 before Carlos Beltran went down with an elbow injury. In 143 games with the Bronx Bombers last season, Ichiro hit .284/.324./.340.

Well Ichiro, the last two and a half years were fun while they lasted. Thanks for all the Spiderman catches at the right field wall and for proving age is just a number.

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4 Responses to Hot Stove: Ichiro Suzuki agrees to terms with Miami Marlins

  1. Celerino says:

    Good for him. Maybe he can hang on as a Julio Franco or Manny Mota pinch hitter for a few years and make it to 3,000 hits.

  2. Jack says:

    Young instead of Ichirio no way Yanks will be sorry. Also need a starting pitcher or maybe everything becomes a moot point

    • Celerino says:

      More like Garret Jones instead of Ichiro. There isn't room on the roster for both Young and Jones. Either way, Ichiro is 41 and we're better off with him in Miami.

      • Celerino is right. The Yankees still technically had room for Ichiro after they signed Young, but then they got Jones too and then there definitely was no space. Jones is a great fit on the Yankees too since his primary positions, 1st and RF, are the two the Yankees need a good backup for the most.

        This doesn't help the case against Ichiro, though, as Ichiro is a better defender and Jones doesn't have a high batting average or OBP. He does have some decent power. And, unlike Ichiro, can play first base in place of Teixeira. Having A-Rod as their only backup first baseman was definitely an issue because if Teixeira did get hurt having A-Rod starting every day at a position he's never played at his age is downright scary. Considering Young can and will play defense for Beltran, Ichiro just didn't fit onto this roster.

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