Ichiro Suzuki likely to return to Seattle Mariners

The left fielder joins a list of already ailing Mariner outfielders, with both Mitch Haniger and Guillermo Heredia now sidelined with injuries.

ESPN.com baseball writer Jerry Crasnick joined 710 ESPN Seattle's John Clayton on Tuesday morning and spoke about what Ichiro would bring to the Mariners, who are looking for outfield help with three separate players either dealing with injuries or coming back from one. Baseball/real life deity (in the Wilson home, as well as thousands of others) Ken Griffey Jr. came back to Seattle for the last two seasons of his career before retiring and later entering the Hall of Fame on his first ballot. Ichiro has been working out in Japan and was expected to play there in 2018 unless he had an offer from Major League Baseball.

The Mariners could seek a free agent like Jon Jay or Carlos Gonzalez, though would likely offer just a one-year deal.

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The Mariners traded Ichiro to the Yankees at midseason of 2012.

Ichiro Suzuki, a 44-year old outfielder who spent over 12 seasons with Seattle, is nearing an agreement after spending 3 years with the Miami Marlins, according to USA Today Sports.

The Mariners had high hopes for Gamel this season after posting a.275 batting average with 59 RBI's a year ago. He had 1,278 hits while playing nine years in Japan. Heredia recently made his spring debut and has had a couple of at-bats, but he's more of a depth piece and fourth outfielder than an everyday option (though he could handle left field on a short-term basis with Gamel out).