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Ichiro Suzuki (LF,RF)

Miami Marlins - 2% owned

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Bats: L, Throws: R
Ichiro fills in for ailing Yelich

Wed, Apr 15th 8:23am EDT
By Roy Widrig

Ichiro Suzuki manned left field last night for the Marlins, going 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: With a day game following a night off, Yelich may again be out of the lineup and substituted by Ichiro. Keep an eye on Yelich's sore back, as it may result in more playing time for Ichiro.

 

Ichiro Suzuki's 1 yr/$2M contract includes bonuses for every 50 plate appearances from 300 to 600. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The total amount available in incentives is an extra $2.8 million, but it is highly unlikely that Ichiro will reach many of those goals. He registered only 385 plate appearances last season for the Yankees.

 

The Miami Marlins, in need of a fourth outfielder, have begun serious discussions with Ichiro Suzuki. (Source: Jerry Crasnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sources say the Marlins may even consider a two-year deal with the 41 year old outfielder. Playing behind Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, and Giancarlo Stanton, Ichiro will likely only have fantasy value if one of the starters suffers an injury.

 

Ichiro Suzuki is drawing the most interest from the Baltimore Orioles and Miami Marlins, with each team active in pursuit for the past month. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Both the Marlins and Orioles are in the market for more outfield depth and Suzuki would factor in as a fourth outfielder. He may not even break 300 at bats this season, but, even in the twilight of his career, Suzuki has still hit .275 over the past four seasons and .284 in 359 at bats last season. Another big factor for the 41 year old Suzuki is that he is 156 hits short of 3000 for his career and he would like to hit that target. He will not provide very much in the way of extra base hits and has seen his steals drop for five consecutive seasons, but he still provides a solid backup outfielder with his contact rate and good defensive play.