The Miami Marlins and veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki have agreed to a one-year deal in the $2 million range, confirms FOX Sports baseball insider Ken Rosenthal according to a source. Sirius XM’s Craig Mish was first to report the agreement.
The deal is expected to be formally announced next week pending a physical.
Suzuki, 41, is a career .317 hitter with 336 doubles, 85 triples, 112 home runs and 717 RBI in 2,204 big-league games spanning 14 seasons. As a rookie in 2001, he was named the American League Most Valuable Player. Suzuki played in the All-Star Game in each of his first 10 years in the league (all with the Seattle Mariners) and is a 10-time Gold Glover.
Miami expects to use Suzuki, who has averaged 157 games per season, as a fourth outfielder with Christian Yelich in left, Marcell Ozuna in center and Giancarlo Stanton in right. Four times Suzuki has appeared in all 162 games, most recently in 2012. Over the past two years with the New York Yankees, he has played in 150 and 143 games, respectively. As a pinch hitter, Suzuki has hit .286 (12 of 42 — 6 of 13 last year).
The Marlins needed to fill the backup outfield position after trading Kike Hernandez and Jake Marisnick over the past five months. Reed Johnson, who served in that capacity during the 2014 season, elected for free agency.
Suzuki spent his first 11 seasons with the Mariners before being traded in 2012 to the New York Yankees. He is 156 hits shy of 3,000 and led the American League in hits on seven occasions, collecting at least 200 hits 10 times. Suzuki is also a three-time Silver Slugger recipient.