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Marlins re-sign Ichiro to one-year, $2 million deal

The Marlins and Ichiro Suzuki will announce his return for 2016 later today.

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The Marlins have reached an agreement on a one-year, $2 million contract with Ichiro Suzuki, as first reported by Joe Frisaro of MLB.com and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the deal also includes a $2 million option for 2017.

Ichiro made $2 million in his first season with Miami in 2015, so his salary will be equal for his second go-around. In 438 plate appearances, Ichiro hit .229/.282/.279 with a wOBA of .250, and a wRC+ of 53. Unfortunately, he's long past the days of being one of the league's best hitters, as he hasn't posted a wRC+ above 100 since 2011.

On the surface, it doesn't appear like Miami will compete next year, which is likely a reason that Ichiro is being brought back. There will undoubtedly be better options on the free agent market once the postseason has ended, but none of them are as close to 3,000 hits as Ichiro is.

Going into next season, he'll need just 65 more hits to reach the milestone, and the Marlins would undoubtedly love for him to do so at home. While he tallied over 400 plate appearances in 2015, it will be difficult, if not impossible to guarantee Ichiro that type of playing time for next season. Giancarlo Stanton will be back at full health, and with Marcell Ozuna (or his eventual replacement if they trade him) in center, and Christian Yelich in left, the Marlins will need to be creative in order to get Ichiro to 3,000 hits.