Ichiro Suzuki set to return to Mariners on major-league contract

Ichiro Suzuki set to return to the Mariners, per reports

He made his major league debut with the Mariners in 2001. The deal is expected to be for one year.

The deal for Ichiro could be ready to sign by early Tuesday, said one source. Oh, and he won Rookie of the Year and American League MVP in the same year, it's whatever.

Ichiro Suzuki is reportedly on the brink of returning to the place where he began his career in Major League Baseball.

Gamel is added to a growing list of ailments for the Mariners. Seattle has already seen first baseman Ryon Healy (hand), outfielder Mitch Haniger (hand) and pitcher Felix Hernandez (bruised forearm) slowed by injuries during spring training.

The Mariners' outfield has been decimated by injuries.

The Miami Marlins did not pick up Ichiro's club option of $2 million making him a free agent for this season.

Gamel hit.275 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs in 134 games last season for Seattle. The move by Miami was the beginning of their payroll purge that new ownership, led by Derek Jeter, carried out during the offseason.

In total, Suzuki is a 10-time all-star, three-time silver slugger, two-time batting champ, holds the single-season hits record with 262 that he set in 2004, and boasts 3,080 total hits, good for 21st on the all-time major-league hits leaderboard.

The 44-year-old Suzuki, who has played the past three seasons with the Florida Marlins, is returning to Seattle after the team announced that outfielder Ben Gamel will miss four to six weeks with an oblique injury, meaning he could miss Opening Day.

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