Ichiro Suzuki
Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki (LF,CF,RF)

Miami Marlins

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The Miami Marlins officially exercised outfielder Ichiro Suzuki's option on Wednesday, keeping him a Marlin for the 2017 season. (Source: Tim Healey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro was an effective bench bat and fill-in starter as the Marlins fourth outfielder in 2016. He will return to a similar role in 2017, but shouldn't have much fantasy value outside of the deepest leagues (or if more injuries strike the Marlins outfield)

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Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Marlins' 5-4 loss to the Reds on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: The 42-year-old Ichiro Suzuki is now up to 3,007 hits in MLB. On the season, he sports a .313/.384/.387 slash line to go along with 13 RBI, 32 runs scored and nine steals through 105 games played. He's been a nice fourth outfielder for the Marlins this season, but can't be trusted on a daily basis for fantasy purposes.

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Ichiro Suzuki collected his 3,000th hit on Sunday, becoming the 30th player to reach the milestone.

Fantasy Impact: It was a great accomplishment for Ichiro, who will go down as one of the best hitters in baseball history. Despite the milestone, Suzuki isn't fantasy relevant this season given his inconsistent playing time. Still, he continues to get on base at a high clip (.390 OBP).

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Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-5 with one run scored and one strikeout in the Marlins' 9-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro now has 2,996 hits for his MLB career, just four shy of the 3,000 hit milestone. On the season, he owns a slash line of .343/.419/.399 with 28 runs scored, 12 RBI and eight steals. He's been a solid fourth outfielder for the Marlins this season, but for fantasy purposes is off the radar.

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Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-4 with one strikeout in the Marlins 3-0 victory over the Braves on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: The single in the second inning brings Ichiro's hit total to 2,983 for his MLB career, just 17 hits shy of the 3,000 hit milestone. He's having a great season for the Marlins as their fourth outfielder, on the season he's batting .350 with 22 runs scored, nine RBI and six steals through 60 games. For fantasy purposes he's useful in the batting average category but doesn't provide much else at this point in his career.

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Ichiro Suzuki had three more hits on Monday, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored, and is now 25 hits away from 3000 hits in his MLB career. More impressively, when combining his statistics from Japan to those accrued in the United States, Ichiro sits only one hit behind Pete Rose in becoming the all-time hit king. Suzuki is hitting .350 this season.

Fantasy Impact: The fact that Ichiro is creeping up on history is a great story, but the bigger point for fantasy owners is that the 42-year-old is still a viable fantasy option in 2016. He has a .424 batting average in 33 June at-bats, scoring eight runs, and has contributed with six stolen bases this season as well. He has never faced Drew Pomeranz, the Padres' starter on Tuesday, but has a .381 batting average against left-handed pitchers this season.

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Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-5 with one run scored, one walk and stole his third base of the season in the Marlins' 4-3 victory over the Pirates in 12 innings.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro is now just 35 hits away from the 3000-hit milestone for his MLB career. He's been a solid fourth outfielder for the Marlins this season batting .323 and received a start in centerfield tonight as Marcell Ozuna received the night off. He still has limited fantasy value, but has been a nice contributor off the bench for the Marlins and can still hit for average.

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Ichiro Suzuki went 4-for-5 with one run, one RBI and was caught stealing once in the Marlins' 7-5 victory over the Rays on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro raised his batting average to .417 on the season and is just 44 hits from the 3,000 hit milestone. He's been hot over the last three games, going 10-for-13 with one double, one RBI and two runs scored. The 42-year-old Ichiro is having a great season in his pursuit of 3,000 hits in MLB, but is currently off the fantasy radar as a utility outfielder at this point in his career.

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Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-3, with two runs scored and one walk in the Marlins' 5-1 victory over the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro played right field and led off for the Marlins, as Giancarlo Stanton received a routine day off. Inching closer to the 3,000 hit mark, Ichiro is now just 60 hits away from the milestone. For fantasy purposes, Ichiro's value is well in the past, as he's strictly a utility outfielder for the Marlins at this point in his career.

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Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-4 with a double in the Marlins' 2-1 loss to the Mets on Wednesday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro doubled off of Mets starter Logan Verrett to lead off the fourth inning but was left stranded at second. He's batting .286 on the season and It was 2,936th hit in his illustrious career, inching closer to the 3,000 mark. At this point in his career, Ichiro is completely off the radar for fantasy purposes in a reserve outfield role for the Marlins.

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The Miami Marlins re-signed outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to a $2 million deal for the 2016 season. (Source: Clark Spencer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro will continue his trek to 3000 hits in a Marlins uniform. He should serve as the fourth or fifth outfielder for the team, and if things go as planned for the Marlins as a team, Ichiro won't have quite as many at bats as he did in 2015.

Ichiro allowed one earned run on two hits on Sunday, bringing his career ERA up to a lofty 9.00.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro didn't pitch poorly, the Phillies batters just managed to get some good wood on a couple fastballs. He featured a soild slider that produced some ugly swings. Until the Marlins move Ichiro into a role of greater responsibility, he likely will not provide much relief value.

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Ichiro tallied three more hits in pursuit of 3000 on Saturday, going 3-for-4 versus the visiting Nationals in a 2-0 game.

Fantasy Impact: The three hits were Ichiro's only contribution. He did not score or drive in any runs.

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Ichiro was 0-for-2 on Tuesday night, but did manage a walk and a stolen base to go along with a sac bunt.

Fantasy Impact: Even without fitting the hit column, Ichiro can still be productive.

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Ichiro singled twice in the Marlins' 7-1 loss to the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: That's 14 hits in his last 10 games - including two triples and a double. Although he didn't score last night, he's scored seven runs and stolen a base in that time.

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Ichiro stays hot, triples again

Fri, Aug 21st 9:05am EDT
By Roy Widrig

Ichiro seems to have finally found his groove in Miami, as the veteran tripled and scored two runs and en route to a 2-for-5 night for the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro now has six triples on the year, showing you that the old man can still swing the bat and circle the bases well. However, it may be a factor of playing at Marlins Park, though, as teammates J.T. Relamuto (6) and Dee Gordon (7) are also among the league leaders in triples.

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Ichiro hit very well on Tuesday night, going 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro is slowly turning around what seemed like a lost season in Miami with eleven hits in his last ten games. Teh hits are not cheap one, either - he has doubled and tripled twice int hat span and the hits have led to six runs scored.

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Ichiro singles in Marlins loss

Sat, Aug 15th 10:04am EDT
By Roy Widrig

Ichiro added a single and nothing more in the Marlins 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. He now has hits in four straight games.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro has shown of late that he can provide at least some of his old production. Now with hits in his last four games, including two triples, Ichiro has brought his average up .012 since the beginning of the month.

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Ichiro was 2-for-5 on Wednesday night versus the Red Sox, tripling and driving in three runs in an long-overdue offensive outburst for the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: This was easily Ichiro's best game of the year, and he is certainly heating up as the summer lengthens. He's a solid value pick in daily leagues right now, as his asking price is still dirt cheap, ownership is low, and his upside is high.

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Totally a single and two walks, Ichiro reached base three time in Tuesday night's extra-inning win versus the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro also added an RBI on a sac fly and a run scored in the sixth. Overall it was a very productive night for the veteran, who has been showing his worth of late.

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Ichiro triples and scores a run

Mon, Aug 10th 9:38am EDT
By Roy Widrig

Ichiro keeps accumulating hits, adding a triple and scoring later on a Christian Yelich single in the Marlins defeat of the Braves on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Believe it or not, this was Ichiro's fourth triple of 2015. The veteran can still swing it and get around the bases if he needs to. He's been getting a lot of playing time with Giancarlo Stanton's injury, the trade of Michael Morse and the demotion of Marcell Ozuna.

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Ichiro was 2-for-3 with two singles and two walks in Thursday night's slugfest between the Braves and Marlins. The Marlins, of course, lost.

Fantasy Impact: Reaching base four times jacked Ichiro's OBP from .295 to .304, a hefty nine points. Though it's still not good, perhaps a game like this is a sign that Ichiro will get back on track.

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Ichiro finished 1-for-4 on Wednesday, contributing a RBI and a run in the Marlins late comeback.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro sure is taking his time to get to 3,000 hits, batting at a .244 pace on the season and hitting mostly singles. He's not fantasy relevant anymore, but still a fun player to watch.

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Ichiro struck out twice and left two runners on base in an 0-for-5 effort Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro is a marginal player at best right now, but the Marlins seem determined to run the elder statesman out there at least until the return of Giancarlo Stanton. He is not currently fantasy-relevant.

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Ichiro finished Wednesday night 2-for-4 with a RBI in the Marlins' 7-2 loss to the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro has been hitting well at the bottom of the lineup for the Marlins, and his two hits on Wednesday brought him to within 100 (now 99) of becoming the next member of the 3000 hit club. Ichiro also had 1278 hits before leaving Japan.

Ichiro hits sac fly, adds RBI

Mon, Jul 27th 9:07am EDT
By Roy Widrig

Ichiro hit a sac fly in the fifth inning on Sunday, plating catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Fantasy Impact: Finally something out of Ichiro, who has been very quiet of late. His average is down to .243, a career low, and it is a struggle to see Ichiro as a fantasy option right now.

Ichiro, filling in for the recently injured Giancarlo Stanton and demoted Marcell Ozuna, collected three hits in four at bats versus the Phillies on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro now has hits in six consecutive games. He has also added two stolen bases in that span. He's heating up right before the imminent return of Marcell Ozuna, but still should get playing time with Giancarlo Stanton recovering from injury.

Ichiro Suzuki, expected to step in while Giancarlo Stanton is on the disabled list, is currently 0-for-6 since Giancarlo Stanton went down with a hamate bone injury on June 26th.

Fantasy Impact: While there is no way Ichiro will replace any of the power lost with Stanton out of the lineup, he is expected to get on base and have good at-bats. He'll likely do that, but just hasn't yet.

Ichiro collected two hits in four at bats on Monday night versus fellow countryman Masahiro Tanaka, raising his average to a comfortable .288 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro did not score or steal any bases, and his hits were both singles. Aside from Derek Dietrich, the Marlins offense was very quiet on Monday night despite the win. Ichiro was playing in place of Marcell Ozuna and has been seeing more playing time of late, and he may be an option in deep leagues that award batting average.

While pinch-hitting in the 7th inning of Sunday's matinee, Ichiro Suzuki singled in J.T. Realmuto, who scored the Marlins only run in a 4-1 loss to the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro, although relegated to the bench most days, is still providing positive offensive value for the Marlins. His average sits at .281 with one home run, 11 RBI and 15 runs scored, which for a bench player, is actually quite good.

Ichiro triples in Marlins loss

Thu, Jun 11th 1:13pm EDT
By Roy Widrig

Ichiro Suzuki tripled in the third game of the Marlins series with the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon, his second triple of the season. He finished the day 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Fantasy Impact: While Ichiro is still a solid player for the Marlins, he's light years shy of what he was with the Mariners. He has managed to fill in with greater than expected results for the Marlins when outfielders are down or need rest. In deep leagues, he's worth owning. Very deep leagues.

Ichiro tallied two more hits on Friday night, while also scoring a run and contributing a walk for the Marlins, who lost once again to the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro has been incredibly valuable for the Marlins in 2015, always filling in well for them in the absence of Christian Yelich. However, without consistent playing time, his fantasy value continues to suffer. Keep an eye on him, though, with Yelich's back woes and the Marlins likely becoming sellers this summer, his role may become more valuable for fantasy owners.

Ichiro Suzuki finished Monday night 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning in Miami's 6-4 loss to Washington.

Fantasy Impact: The 2-for-4 night brings Ichiro's average up to .282, which he's padded with mostly singles. While caught stealing on Monday night, he has added a few steals throughout this streak. Unfortunately, Christian Yelich is due back with the Marlins later this week and will likely decimate Ichiro's fantasy value.

In the bottom of the eight Wednesday night, Christian Yelich's fill-in and Marlins veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki hit a three-run home run off Met's reliever Alex Torres.

Fantasy Impact: The home run was Ichiro's first of the season. He is currently sporting a .263 average and five RBI and no stolen bases on the season. He will be used regularly until Christian Yelich returns from his lingering back injury.

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.