Ichiro Suzuki appears to have extended his MLB career for at least one more season, and he'll do so wearing some familiar colors. The 44-year-old outfielder is reportedly moving closer to finalizing a one-year major-league contract with the Seattle Mariners, where he spent the first 12 seasons of his future Hall of Fame career, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The signing could be completed later Monday or early Tuesday, reports ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Earlier in the offseason, Ichiro's agent John Boggs told MLB.com that he and the Mariners had engaged in "intensive conversations" about a reunion before the team eventually passed. However, the Mariners' needs in the outfield changed on Monday when it was revealed Ben Gamel will likely start the season on the disabled list with an oblique injury.
Report: Ichiro closing in on deal to return to Mariners
The Score | Mar 5