For weeks, General Manager Bill Bavasi has held talks with Ichiro about renewing his contract and in the last 48 hours, they made a major break through in negotiations. Today, the Mariners were happy to announce that they had signed Ichiro to a five year deal, worth 90 million dollars. "While I don't believe this is Ichiro's final contract, I do think today's signing is a big step in assuring he will spend his entire career here in Seattle," he said. "He is both an offensive force, and a Gold Glove outfielder. It is great news for our organization and our fans that he will be here in Seattle for another five years." Ichiro said early this season that he hopes to pitch when he is forty, so this won't be his last deal. This season, Ichiro is batting .355 with 5 HR and 39 RBI.