Ichiro, 44, played in 136 games previous year as a reserve outfielder for the Marlins, posting a.255/.318/.332 slash line with three home runs, 20 RBI and one stolen base in 215 plate appearances. The Mariners learned on Monday that Ben Gamel would miss a month due to a sprained elbow. Gamel joins right-fielder Mitch Haniger (hand) and fourth outfielder Guillermo Heredia (shoulder) on the sidelines.
A reunion with the Mariners would bring Ichiro's career full circle and would be a fitting place for achieving even further milestones in his career.
Surefire Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki is finalizing a one-year deal to return to Seattle, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
In his third season with the Miami Marlins in 2017, Ichiro was mostly a pinch-hitter who finished with 196 at-bats and a.255 batting average, three homers, 20 RBI, a.649 OPS and -0.3 WAR.
ESPN reported that the deal would be a major-league contract, meaning the Mariners would have to make a move to open a spot on the 40-man roster.
Ichiro signed with the Mariners in 2001 after a phenomenal career in Japan for the Orix Blue Wave of NPB. New ownership decided not to exercise his $2 million option for 2018 and instead gave him a $500,000 buyout.
Suzuki, a Japanese player who ranks 22nd on the all-time list with 3,080 Major League Baseball career hits, has said he wants to play until age 50.