Ichiro Suzuki and the Mariners Plan for Reunion

Ichiro was the American League MVP and Rookie of the Year in his first season with the Mariners.

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, negotiations between the Mariners and Ichiro picked up in the last day to two after it became apparent that outfielder Ben Gamel would miss time with an oblique strain.

He was injured Friday during batting practice and thought it was just a "tweak", the Seattle Times reported.

Gamel is one more name being added to a long list of players with ailments for Seattle. The club has seen a number of players slowed by injury this month, potentially making room for Ichiro. Outfielder Guillermo Heredia is also still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, leaving Seattle thin at the position. The move by the Marlins was the start of an anticipated payroll purge by Derek Jeter's new ownership group.

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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. He set a big league mark with 109 plate appearances as a pinch hitter, and had a franchise record 27 pinch-hits.

Veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is close to re-signing with the Seattle Mariners, a source familiar with USA baseball matters said Monday.

But now, it appears that the 44-year-old free agent, who has been out of a job along with many other familiar faces, is nearing a deal to return to the Seattle Mariners, where he played for twelve years.

Ichiro played in 136 games last season for the Miami Marlins and hit.255 with an OPS of.649.

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