The trade saga continues in Miami, where the Marlins have been a huge part of the deadline buzz around the league. The latest rumor, however, has come surrounding a player that hasn’t received too much attention within this last week, Ichiro Suzuki.
The 41-year-old veteran currently makes $2 million a year for the Marlins, but finds himself in a common situation among Marlins players leading to the deadline. Ichiro’s contract expires at the end of this year, so Miami has no reason to keep him at the deadline.
Like I suggested with Dan Haren, the Marlins should get whatever they can for Ichiro. Another possibility could be an Ichiro/Haren package to the Blue Jays, in which the Marlins may receive higher rated prospects.
More from Marlins Rumors
- What can the Miami Marlins still do?
- Miami Marlins rumors: Ideal CF target
- Miami Marlins rumors: Trade for CF?
- Miami Marlins rumors: A signing we need
- Miami Marlins rumors: Is Bobby Dalbec a target?
Both Haren and Ichiro possess low stock, but can fill small holes that the Blue Jays have. Dan Haren could make a competent fifth starter, maybe a fill-in starter, while Ichiro would probably take the fourth outfielder role, much like during his time in Miami.
The Blue Jays outfield has surprised many this year, posting consistently solid numbers. Chris Colabello has found his niche in Toronto, batting .312 with nine homers and 39 RBI. Kevin Pillar, the club’s centerfielder, is batting .271 with 7 homers, 38 RBI, and 15 steals coming into today. And obviously Jose Bautista, who has drilled 21 homers and 68 RBI, batting just .231.
Ichiro, albiet a positive influence in the clubhouse, has been a negative WAR player for Miami (-0.7). He’s knocked just one home run and 15 RBI while holding a .246 AVG. Suzuki is just another in a long line of underachieving Marlins players in 2015.
More From Marlin Maniac:
Day one of Latos Deal — See Day One’s track of the Latos deal
Day two of Latos Deal — See Day Two’s track of the Latos deal
Marlins, fans stuck in vicious cycle — The ‘process’ has gone wrong
Players want Ozuna in majors — Players voice frustration surrounding teammate
Latos Deal Finalized — The marathon deal is finished
Dan Haren’s last start — Was this Dan Haren’s last start as a Marlin?
Yankees talking to Marlins about Carter Capps — New York interested in key bullpen piece
Team Shopping for Pitching — The Marlins look to bolster their rotation
Padres series Preview — Ehsan talks with Fansided’s Padres editor
Follow Marlin Maniac on Twitter @MarlinManiac for all of your Miami Marlins news updates, analysis, opinion, and more!