Although the market for Ichiro Suzuki did not develop much during the December Winter Meetings, clubs seeking outfield help have recently inquired about the status of the 41-year old veteran. According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Blue Jays, Marlins, and Orioles are all interested in Suzuki.
Suzuki had a solid 2014 campaign with the Yankees, posting a .284/.324/.340 batting line to complement one home run and 22 RBIs in 143 games. He is 156 hits away from 3,000 in his career, and stole 49 bases in his three seasons with New York. Suzuki made $6.5 million last season but has not publicly discussed the details of an ideal contract.
Miami has been seeking a fourth outfielder since signing Michael Morse at the end of December. Dan Haren could be dealt to a West Coast team, including the Padres or Giants, in exchange for an outfielder. But since a Haren trade does not appear imminent, the Marlins have been linked to Suzuki and Nate Schierholtz in recent days.
After losing Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz to free agency, Baltimore has been in pursuit of outfield help. The club missed out on Seth Smith, and was linked to Colby Rasmus earlier this offseason. The Orioles are also seeking a leadoff hitter, making Suzuki a possible candidate.
Nightengale noted that Suzuki wants to reach the 3,000 hits mark and play until he is 50, but his age does not appear to be a notable factor. He has only shown minor signs of slowing down offesively, and multiple teams would be interested in adding a reliable and experienced outfield option to their bench, at the least.
Suzuki was not expected to be a starter for the Yankees in 2014 before the start of last season, however he was able to work his way back into the lineup. Despite his age, Suzuki has reportedly not considered retirement.