The Miami Marlins have announced the re-signing of outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, as MLB.com's Joe Frisaro first reported Tuesday afternoon.
Suzuki will make $2 million in 2016 and also has a $2 million option for 2017, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
The 41-year-old Suzuki has had a great decline from his best days. The future Hall of Famer slashed just .229/.282/.279/.561 (53 wRC+) in 438 plate appearances this year, stealing 11 bases in 16 attempts.
Suzuki provided slightly above average defense in his time in the Miami outfield, advanced statistics on Fangraphs show. Regardless, Suzuki was signed by the Marlins to be more of a role player, but when Giancarlo Stanton went down to injury and Marcell Ozuna had an unsuccessful year, Suzuki's playing time greatly increased.
With the more playing time, Ichiro inched closer to the 3,000 hit milestone. After recording 91 hits in 2015, Suzuki is just 65 hits away from the mark.
Some speculate that the Marlins will use Suzuki's upcoming accompishment as a possible marketing point and that could have possibly been one of the reasons for re-signing him (as well as the clubhouse presence for younger players).
Ichiro joined the Marlins last offseason on a one-year, $2 million contract.