Ichiro Suzuki
OF FA
5 months ago

Suzuki (calf) was able to work out Friday and could be back in action by Sunday or Monday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Suzuki has reportedly made good progress since exiting Wednesday's game against the Giants after only a half-inning. His exit had been termed as precautionary at the time, and his potentially quick return to action seems to bear that out.

Ichiro Suzuki
OF FA
5 months ago

Manager Scott Servais said Suzuki (calf) was removed from Wednesday's Cactus League game as a precaution, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Servais added that he didn't believe the injury was serious. He mentioned there is simply a "heightened awareness" given all of the injuries the Mariners are already dealing with. Consider Suzuki day-to-day until he's further evaluated Thursday.

Ichiro Suzuki
OF FA
5 months ago

Suzuki exited Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Giants with right calf tightness, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Suzuki was scheduled to bat leadoff Wednesday, but he apparently tweaked his calf while playing the field in the top half of the first inning, prompting the Mariners to replace him with John Andreoli before his first at-bat. The severity of the injury remains unclear at this point, but more should be known once he's further evaluated in the coming days. In the meantime, consider Suzuki day-to-day.

Ichiro Suzuki
OF FA
5 months ago

Suzuki will go through workouts for the next several days and take live batting practice Saturday before making his Cactus League debut, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The ageless outfielder went through his first full practice session Thursday and is slated to hit against the rehabbing Nick Vincent (shoulder) in a simulated game Saturday. He'll be going through regular workouts with the team daily moving forward, leaving him poised for his Cactus League debut Sunday against the Reds or early next week. In addition to his clubhouse presence and potential offensive contributions, Suzuki is likely to mentor former Marlins teammate Dee Gordon on his transition from second base to center field.

Ichiro Suzuki
OF FA
5 months ago

Manager Scott Servais said that Suzuki will play as much as 4-to-5 times per week, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Suzuki's playing time has dwindled each of the past two seasons in Miami, but it seems like he's considered the top option in left field until Ben Gamel (oblique) is ready to return to the lineup. The 44-year-old hit .291 as recently as 2016, so it's not like he's lost all life at the plate. His speed is greatly diminished at this point, so even with the lion's share of playing time in left field to start, it's tough to see Suzuki as much of a fantasy contributor anymore.

Ichiro Suzuki
OF FA
6 months ago

Suzuki will sign a one-year deal with the Mariners pending a physical, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

There was initially very little interest at the major-league level for Suzuki's services, but the Mariners decided to pounce after learning that Ben Gamel would miss 4-to-6 weeks due to an oblique injury. The 44-year-old outfielder logged a career-low 215 plate appearances last year with Miami, and it doesn't seem like he'll have a huge role in Seattle either despite the injury to Gamel. This is a major-league deal though, meaning that he should still get some chances for the Mariners this season even if he plays more of a supporting role all season.

Ichiro Suzuki
OF FA
7 months 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
OF FA
10 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
OF FA
11 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
OF FA
1 year 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.