The Marlins have exercised their $2 million contract option on outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, according to a team announcement. According to a major-league source, Miami also added a $2 million option for 2018 to the veteran’s contract.
Ichiro, who turns 43 this month, received a $2 million guarantee in a 2016 season in which he hit .291/.354/.376 with one home run in 143 games. He will again serve as a fourth outfielder behind Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich for Miami while serving as a veteran presence.
Ichiro is a veteran of 16 major-league seasons with the Mariners (2001-12), Yankees (2012-14) and Marlins (2015-16), and owns a career .313/.356/.405 line with 3,030 hits in the majors.
Ichiro is the second veteran to be re-signed by the Marlins after the season, joining infielder Martin Prado. Prado, who was slated to be a free agent this winter, re-signed with the team on a 3-year, $40 million contract.