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Mariners Nearing Deal With Ichiro Suzuki

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The Seattle Mariners are looking to bring one of the most popular and successful players in franchise history back to the team.

The Mariners are closing in on a deal with free agent Ichiro Suzuki, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the deal could be finalized later today or tomorrow.

Ichiro will fill an obvious need for the Mariners in the outfield.

Ben Gamel is out for up to six weeks due to an oblique strain, Mitch Haniger is dealing with tendinitis in his hand, and Guillermo Heredia is working his way back from shoulder surgery back in October.

Ichiro arrived in Seattle back in 2001 and had an epic debut, winning a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger, as well as the AL Rookie of the Year and AL MVP award.

While Ichiro, 44, is not the player he once was and although he had career lows during limited playing time with the Miami Marlins last season, he had a solid year in 2016 to suggest he still has enough in the tank to help out Seattle if he can bounce back.

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Rangers to Target Top Free Agents

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The Texas Rangers are entering the offseason with plans of targeting some of the top tier free agents that will be available.

Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels made it clear that he was ready to bring the Rangers back as a major player in the free agent market.

“This year, we are going to look at everything,” Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “Our goal is to get better, period. There are a couple of spots more [available] than others. We have signed [top free agents] before and at some point I have to suspect we will again.”

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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Talks Gerrit Cole, Offseason Plans

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The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason, as they usually are, and among the teams trying to lure Gerrit Cole to join their rotation.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman discussed Cole, as well as the upcoming offseason for the Bronx Bombers.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Cashman says that the Yankees will engage with both Houston Astros hurler Gerrit Cole and World Series Champion Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

However, Cashman added that the Yankees already have a significant amount of money on the books, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

Cashman added that the Yankees will also explore the trade market, much like they did last season when they acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Seahawks, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

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Red Sox Dustin Pedroia Attempting Return in 2020

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Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has reportedly given “every indication” that he intends to play in 2020 says new chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom, according to MassLive.com’s Christopher Smith.

Pedroia, 36, underwent a mid-season knee procedure that had many questioning his career.

“Every indication I’ve gotten is he’s feeling good and intending on playing,” Bloom says of Pedroia. “I know he’s working really hard to make sure he’s in as good of shape as possible,” Bloom said.

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