Ichiro Returning to Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Mariners are reaching into their past to bring back one of their franchise greats, as a source has confirmed to that Ichiro Suzuki will return to his former team if he passes a physical on Monday afternoon in Seattle.

The deal would be a Major League contract, according to, which means the Mariners would have to make a move to open a spot on their 40-man roster. The Mariners have not confirmed the reports.

The Mariners are looking to bolster their outfield depth with three of their top four outfielders currently dealing with injury issues. Ichiro, 44, played in 136 games last year as a reserve outfielder for the Marlins, posting a .255/.318/.332 line with three home runs, 20 RBIs and one stolen base in 215 plate appearances.

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