By: Daniel Satter
Today, Ichiro Suzuki and the Miami Marlins agreed to a one year deal worth $2 mil. This deal will be fully guaranteed. This was reported by MLB’s.com Joe Frisaro on Twitter. Ichiro is the first player off the free agent board for the upcoming free agency season. The future Hall-of-Famer played 153 games this past season. Ichiro hit .229 on the year with 1 home run, 21 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases. The Marlins most likely bought back Ichiro due to his experience and leadership. Also, because he is a good hitter off the bench as well as a good glove and arm in the outfield. He still has some speed left in the gas tank to run the bases. This is a cheap deal that will payoff like this past season. Ichiro’s playing time will diminish with the outfield being stacked with Stanton, Ozuna, and Yelich playing everyday because of their youth. Ichiro will be the 4th outfielder. Ichiro is really close on reaching the 3,000 hit club. The Japanese native is 65 hits short off achieving this benchmark. He would be the 30th member to join this elite group of hitters. I predict this upcoming season will be Ichiro’s last one.