Wednesday January 21st, 2015

The Miami Marlins have offered free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki a one-year contract in the $2 million range, reports the Miami Herald. 

According to the Herald, the Marlins are "optimistic, but not certain" that they will come to terms with former American League MVP as their fourth outfielder. Suzuki reportedly likes the idea of playing in Miami, but is waiting to see if he gets an offer somewhere where he could earn more playing time. 

Suzuki hit .284 with a .324 on-base percentage, one home run, 22 RBI and 15 stolen bases in part-time duty for the New York Yankees last season. The 41-year-old appeared in 143 games but had a career-low 385 plate appearances.

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A 10-time All-Star with the Seattle Mariners, Suzuki won both the MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in 2001 when he came to the U.S. after playing seven years for the Orix Blue Wave of the Japan Pacific League.

Suzuki is currently 156 hits shy of the 3,000-hit plateau in his major-league career, but has 4,122 hits in his combined years in the major leagues in Japan and the U.S.

The Marlins regular outfielders are set to be Christian Yelich in left field, Marcell Ozuna in center and All-Star Giancarlo Stanton in right.

- Phil Watson

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