Ichiro Suzuki
LF FA
2 weeks ago

General manager Jerry DiPoto confirmed that Suzuki would be a member of the Mariners' 28-man roster for its two-game, season-opening series with the Astros on March 20 and 21, Emily Caron of Sports Illustrated reports.

EDGE Analysis

Currently a free agent, Suzuki is expected to re-sign with Seattle on a minor-league deal and take part in big-league spring training. While the games in Tokyo will count toward the standings for both Seattle and Houston, both squads will be afforded three extra three players on their active rosters for those contests, which occur a week before the rest of the MLB begins its regular season. It most likely will amount to a final sendoff for Suzuki in his home country, but DiPoto left the door open for the 45-year-old to play his way onto the 25-man roster once the Mariners resume play stateside March 28 against Boston. Ichiro played just 15 games at the major-league level in 2018 before moving into a front-office role with the Mariners for the rest of the season in early May.

Ichiro Suzuki
LF FA
4 months ago

General manager Jerry Dipoto said Suzuki will be on Seattle's Opening Day roster when the team kicks off its season against the A's in Tokyo, assuming he's healthy, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "I would stop short of guaranteeing it, because we have to make sure he's healthy. But he'll be on our roster," Dipoto said. "We feel strongly that it's the right thing to do for our franchise and the right thing to do for the NPB and believe it's the right thing to do for Ichiro. What happens thereafter remains to be seen."

EDGE Analysis

Suzuki opened the 2018 season with the Mariners, but ultimately transitioned into a front office role in May following a slow start to the campaign (.205/.255/.205 through 15 games). It sounds like Suzuki will rejoin the Mariners one last time for the team's two-game set in his native Japan, as both teams will be allowed to carry 28 players for the season-opening series. The veteran outfielder will likely call it quits when Seattle returns stateside and shifts back to a traditional 25-man roster, though nothing has been confirmed at this point. It will be a well-deserved sendoff for the Japanese legend, who hit a combined .322/.373/.434 with 4,367 hits, 235 homers and 708 stolen bases across 27 seasons in the majors and Japan.

Ichiro Suzuki
LF FA
9 months ago

Suzuki will relinquish his active roster spot to be a special assistant to the chairman for the Mariners for the remainder of the season.

EDGE Analysis

This announcement came out of nowhere, though it makes some sense given the limited playing time the Japanese legend received since Ben Gamel returned to action. Suzuki batted .205 with five runs scored in 47 plate appearances this season. It's unclear if this is a full retirement, but he certainly has produced an impressive career if he does decide to call it quits for good.

Ichiro Suzuki
LF FA
9 months ago

Suzuki went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

It was Suzuki's first start in five games, as he's transitioned to a reserve role with the return of Ben Gamel. Not that he was ever much of a power hitter, but at this point the 44-year-old has become purely a singles hitter -- all of his hits this year have been one-baggers.

Ichiro Suzuki
LF FA
9 months ago

Suzuki is not in the lineup Monday against the Astros, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

With the Mariners facing the left-handed Dallas Keuchel, Suzuki will head to the bench as the team looks to get another righty in the lineup. Guillermo Heredia will start in left field and hit seventh while Suzuki heads to the bench.

Ichiro Suzuki
LF FA
9 months ago

Suzuki is not in the lineup Sunday against the A's, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Suzuki will head to the bench after going a combined 1-for-7 in his past two starts. Guillermo Heredia takes over in left field, batting seventh.

Ichiro Suzuki
LF FA
9 months ago

Suzuki is not in the lineup against the Royals on Wednesday, Shannon Drayer of MyNorthwest.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Suzuki will remain on the bench for the second consecutive outing as Guillermo Heredia receives another start in left field. With Ben Gamel (oblique) nearing activation, it's expected that Suzuki will fully transition to a reserve role.

Ichiro Suzuki
LF FA
9 months ago

Suzuki is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Royals, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Suzuki is 5-for-22 so far this season, with no extra base hits or walks, giving him a .227/.227/.227 line. The 44-year-old has still managed to get into seven of Seattle's opening eight games, though he'll have to pick up his performance level if he's to keep playing regularly. Guillermo Heredia will play left field in his place Tuesday.

Ichiro Suzuki
LF FA
10 months ago

Suzuki is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Giants, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Suzuki is 2-for-9 (.222) through the first three games of the season, but he'll head to the bench with lefty Ty Blach slated to pitch for San Francisco. Guillermo Heredia will fill the void in left field for the evening.

Ichiro Suzuki
LF FA
10 months ago

Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a run in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

The ageless wonder has gone 0-for-2 in his season debut Thursday while returning from a calf injury, but he looked much more like himself in Saturday's defeat. In addition to his pair of singles -- one of the infield variety -- Suzuki also made a jaw-dropping leaping catch in left field on a blast off the bat of Jose Ramirez in the third. His age is likely to limit his playing time to an extent this season, but Saturday's effort substantiated that he's still able to bring plenty to the table at age 44.