Current free agent and former right fielder for both the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees is close to finishing a deal that will send him to play for the Miami Marlins for the 2015 season, as he continues his quest to potentially tie Pete Rose for number of overall hits.
Between his time spent playing ball in Japan, and his time spent so far in the MLB, Ichiro has racked up an impressive 4,122 hits in his career, just 134 hits shy of being tied with Pete Rose for total number of hits. 2,844 of those hits of his have come as a result of the 14 seasons he has played in Major Leagues with Seattle and New York.
Should Ichiro and Miami come to an agreement, Ichiro will likely be the first outfielder off of the bench as he works with one of the best young outfields in baseball.
The Marlins already boast a squad featuring Christian Yelich in left field, Marcell Ozuna in center field, and slugger Giancarlo Stanton in right.
With one of the most talented outfields in the league, Ichiro’s role will likely be smaller than what the Japanese standout is probably used to. That said, having that level of experience to be able to call off of the bench will be a major benefit to the Marlins squad.
Aside from his consistency at the plate, Ichiro will also be able to help the young Marlins outfielder improve their fielding and pass on some veteran knowledge to the young guys.
The multiple time gold glove award winner is nearing a deal that will offer Ichiro $2 million for 1 year to play with the team, as Ichiro continues to secure his legacy as one of baseballs most consistent hitters of all time.
Last year for the Yankees, Ichiro managed to hit .284, steal 15 bases while playing 143 games last year.