Hot Stove Rumor: Marlins offer Ichiro Suzuki one-year, $2 Million contract


All offseason, while the big name free agents came off the board and found new homes, Ichiro Suzuki continued to patiently wait for someone–anyone–to offer him a deal. Well, one team has finally shown interest in Ichiro, but of course it’s not the Yankees.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Miami Marlins have offered Ichiro a one-year, $2 Million contract to be their fourth outfielder for the 2015 season. Ichiro is entertained by the idea of playing in Miami, but he’s waiting to see if another opportunity will arise elsewhere. Ichiro is expected to make his decision soon.

Ichiro had a productive year for the Yankees last season, hitting .284/.324/.340 in 143 games. Ichiro was originally a fourth outfielder coming into camp last year, but with the injuries to Carlos Beltran, Ichiro earned himself more playing time.

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7 Responses to Hot Stove Rumor: Marlins offer Ichiro Suzuki one-year, $2 Million contract

  1. hotdog says:

    he has 2,844 hits in the majors…i'd like to see him reach 3,000 and a 4th outfielder position can turn into a full time gig…hope he gets there

  2. hotdog says:

    no question…i was thinking 2 years if he gets enough playing time…he can still play the game…

  3. Robert Rufa says:

    Ichiro was one of the few Yankees to have a productive 2014, so of course the Yankees let him go. I'll be interested to see how he fares with the Marlins. I'm glad he landed somewhere, and I hope he makes Cashman feel foolish.

    • He was the lightest hitting outfielder the Yankees have had since the 1960s. There is more to baseball than batting average and if that's literally all you can provide then a .284 batting average isn't very impressive. How bout an outfielder that can get the ball out of the infield? Draw a walk? Work a count? Providing speed and decent defense isn't enough. Most AAA players can do that.

  4. Karen says:

    Yesterday a beat writer on Yankees Hot Stove said what I had also been thinking – that there is no one on the Yankees to follow and root for as a favorite. If the Yankees signed Ichiro, he would be the one I'd root for as he continues his great hitting accomplishment. I don't understand why the Yankees can't spend that small amount of money for a reliable and entertaining player whose presence would generate great enthusiasm and good will from the fans. Anyway, I wish Ichiro the best wherever he plays.

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