Ichiro Suzuki
CF/RF FA
3 days ago2 Comments

Suzuki's agent, John Boggs, indicated Tuesday that his client could finish his career in Japan if he's unable to attract interest at the MLB level, Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Boggs said that he has held extensive conversations with the Mariners and Padres during the offseason about signing Suzuki, but with those talks having since stalled out, it's looking unlikely that the 44-year-old outfielder will be signed before spring training gets underway in February. Though he's turned in a Hall-of-Fame career since arriving in North America in 2001, Suzuki no longer looks like an overly appealing fourth or fifth outfielder and pinch-hitting option at this point, given his paucity of pop and the sharp decline he noticed with his baserunning and contact skills last season with the Marlins. Suzuki has previously stated that he intends to keep playing professional baseball until he turns 50, but a return to Japan may be the only way he's able to meet that goal.

Ichiro Suzuki
CF/RF FA
3 months ago

Suzuki will hit the open market after the Marlins failed to pick up his 2018 club option.

EDGE Analysis

The 43-year-old wound up playing in 136 games for the Marlins this year, just seven less than 2016, although he did record 140 less at-bats than he did a year ago. All in all, he slashed .255/.318/.332 with three home runs and 20 RBI, and will have a decision to make for next season.

Ichiro Suzuki
CF/RF FA
4 months ago

Suzuki went 0-for-1 in Saturday's win against the Diamondbacks.

EDGE Analysis

Suzuki has been used primarily as a pinch-hitter of late, however he's failed to get a hit in his last five pinch-hit opportunities. The 43-year-old has struggled to find playing time behind Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna, especially with the type of production he's shown. He has only 208 plate appearances this season (a career-low), and is batting .259 with 20 RBI this season in his third year with Miami.

Ichiro Suzuki
CF/RF FA
6 months ago

Suzuki went 2-for-3 with a double, three walks, three runs and an RBI in Wednesday's 22-10 win over the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

With the game occurring in an American League park, the Marlins had an extra spot open in the lineup for Suzuki, who played an integral part in keeping multi-run rallies going in the fourth, seventh and eighth innings. In reaching base five times, Suzuki was able to boost his OBP from .277 to .301, but it's unlikely to earn him many future starts so long as the regular outfield trio of Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna maintains health.

Ichiro Suzuki
CF/RF FA
6 months ago

Suzuki got a start in right field Thursday and went 2-for-3 with a walk, passing Rod Carew to become MLB's all-time foreign-born hit leader, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 43-year-old now has 3,054 career base hits in MLB, putting him 24th on the overall all-time rankings with Rickey Henderson's 3,055 next in his sights. Suzuki's .222/.263/.296 slash line indicates the future Hall of Famer is a shadow of his former MVP self, but he can still play solid defense and could find employment as a bench bat beyond 2017 if he chooses, allowing him to take a run at cracking MLB's all-time top 20 in career hits despite not coming over from Japan until his age-27 season.

Ichiro Suzuki
CF/RF FA
7 months ago

Suzuki went 1-for-3 with a solo home run during Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh.

EDGE Analysis

This was just Suzuki's second home run through 85 plate appearances this season and only his fifth bomb since the 2013 campaign. The 43-year-old veteran owns a .198/.235/.296 slash line and probably shouldn't be counted on in any fantasy format.

Ichiro Suzuki
CF/RF FA
8 months ago

Suzuki failed to reach base in three plate appearances Wednesday against interleague opponent Oakland.

EDGE Analysis

Suzuki started in centerfield for just his eighth start of the season, one day after starting and splitting time between left and center Tuesday. Despite making two consecutive starts, Father Time seems to have caught up to Suzuki and will most likely prevent him from any meaningful or consistent playing time in a crowded outfield that consists of young stars Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton.

Ichiro Suzuki
CF/RF FA
9 months ago

Suzuki went 2-for-4 with his first homer of the year in Wednesday's road loss to the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

It was a garbage-time homer with the Marlins down 10-4 and no one on base, but it was still a great moment for Ichiro, who spent 12 remarkable years in Seattle. This could have been his last MLB game at Safeco Field (where he hadn't appeared since 2014 until this series), but you never know -- he doesn't seem all that inclined to retire after this season ends. That said, he's hitting just .158 in the early going while serving as the Marlins' fourth outfielder.

Ichiro Suzuki
CF/RF FA
9 months ago

Suzuki went 0-for-3 with three groundouts in Monday's 6-1 loss to the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

The hitless performance dropped Suzuki's average to .067 (1-for-15) on the young season, and he's also struck out six times in 15 plate appearances. The 43-year-old former batting champion isn't a starter and can't do much with the bat in the twilight of his career. He'll probably steal a few bags here and there, but he's mainly a bench option in deep NL-only affairs.

Ichiro Suzuki
CF/RF FA
10 months ago

Suzuki went 2-for-3 in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

The future Hall of Famer had a slow start to the spring following an outfield collision, but Suzuki is now hitting .316/.325/.342 through 38 at-bats. The 43-year-old will serve as the Marlins' fourth outfielder once again this season, with his playing time largely tied to Giancarlo Stanton's health.