Ichiro Suzuki to sign one-year deal with Seattle

M's considering bringing back OF Suzuki

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

Veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is close to re-signing with the Seattle Mariners, a source familiar with USA baseball matters said Monday.

"He keeps himself in great condition, he's willing to accept any role at this point in his career, obviously there's a little bit of a nostalgia fringe benefit I think to him coming back, but I think it's more sort of a short-term fix", Crasnick said of Ichiro.

Earlier today it was reported that the Mariners' Ben Gamel has an oblique strain that will put him out 4-6 weeks and that Mitch Haniger has hand tendinitis and hasn't taken batting practice in six days.

The Mariners open the 2018 season at home March, 29., vs the Cleveland Indians.

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

Gamel, 25, is in line for regular at-bats with the 2018 Mariners after posting a solid.275/.322/.413 slash with 11 homers, 27 doubles and five triples through 550 plate appearances a year ago in his first full big league season. The future Hall of Famer has 3,080 hits over his 17-year major league career. Three years later, he broke major league records with 262 hits in a single season.

He would go on to win AL rookie of the year and MVP in 2001, leading Seattle to a record 116-win season.

Ichiro played in 136 games last season for the Miami Marlins and hit.255 with an OPS of.649.

The Mariners will be without their starting left fielder to begin the season.

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