(Reuters) – Future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki said he wanted to return the faith shown by Miami Marlins executives after they flew to Japan to convince the veteran to sign for the Florida ball club. The 41-year-old outfielder agreed a one-year contract on Tuesday with the Marlins after his two-and-a-half year stay with the New York Yankees ended last year. “I am humbled that they flew 18 hours to get here, this is something that just doesn’t happen,” Suzuki was quoted as saying by Kyodo News on Thursday after signing up for a 15th year in MLB. As a player, it’s something I’ve been looking for the past two years.” Ichiro moved to Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Seattle Mariners in 2001 before joining the Yankees in 2012.

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Despite a series of high impact moves this offseason, Chicago White general manager Rick Hahn isn’t ready to set his opening day roster just yet. On Wednesday, he was back to work, signing free agent second baseman Gordon Beckham to a one-year, $2 million deal. The somewhat surprising signing comes less than six months after Hahn traded Beckham to the Los Angeles Angels in a post deadline trade. To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Dayan Viciedo has been designated for assignment. That decision comes two weeks after Viciedo avoided arbitration with a one-year, $4.4 million deal. Indeed, that’s some notable maneuvering. In re-signing Beckham, the White Sox at least know what they’re getting, which makes him a more comfortable addition than similar free agents still available. Chicago drafted Beckham eighth overall in the 2008 amateur draft and oversaw a relatively quick development. Beckham debuted in the big leagues one year later and spent his first five plus seasons on Chicago’s big league roster, hitting .245/.307/.375 in 765 games. Obviously, those numbers didn’t live up to the lofty expectations attached to a top 10 pick, but that’s not the concern at this point. Hahn needs an infielder who can play multiple positions and be competent against left-handed pitching, and those are roles he feels Beckham can fill. In his early career, Beckham has logged time at second base, third base and even shortstop, so that’s a definite plus. Against left-handers, he’s hitting .244/.314/.373 across the board. Not quite as encouraging, but consistent with his overall numbers. It’s just who Beckham is at the plate, and that’s fine for an extra infielder. As for Beckham’s obviously more optimistic take. Beckham on being a utility player: “That’s kind of a loaded question, and I don’t view myself like that and… — Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) January 28, 2015 More Beckham: “… I don’t think the White Sox do either. I think they think I’m a good player, a winning player that can help them win.” — Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) January 28, 2015 We’ll see. For now, it’s expected that Beckham will split time between second and third base initially, with the possibility to expand his role if Emilio Bonifacio or Conor Gillaspie struggle in more regular roles. As for Viciedo, the soon-to-be 26-year-old outfielder has been on the trade block all winter, even before Chicago added Melky Cabrera in free agency. So far, Hahn has been unable to gain traction on a deal, but there’s an increased sense it could happen now that he’s been designated. Fox Sports Paul Morosi sees the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners as potential fits, but it’s possible both will wait to see if Viciedo is outright released. If the White Sox do release Viciedo, they’ll only be on the hook for one-sixth of his salary, which amounts to $733K. A team could also claim the entirety of Viciedo’s $4.4MM salary on waivers, but that seems unlikely with Viciedo coming off a disappointing .231/.281/.405 line in 2014. Given his downside defensively, he’s likely viewed as more of a low-risk, high-reward target who can provide some pop off the bench or as a part-time designated hitter. Sometimes that’s a risk well worth taking though. Just look at the difference-making success J.D. Martinez found with the Detroit Tigers last season, More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Ichiro Suzuki, a two-time American League batting champion nearing a Major League Baseball milestone, has signed a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, the team announced. The 41-year-old Japanese outfielder, who needs only 156 hits to reach the coveted 3,000 mark in his North American career, is likely to be a reserve fielder and pinch hitter for the National League club. Suzuki, a 10-time All-Star, is the first Japanese player in the history of the Marlins.

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Outfielders Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez have agreed to minor league contracts with the Seattle Mariners and will report to big league training. Chavez hit .276 with 12 doubles and 23 RBIs in 80 games with the Mariners last season. Once a Gold Glove center fielder with Seattle, Gutierrez was limited to 41 games in 2013, when he was slowed by hamstring injuries. Gutierrez appeared in only 173 of 486 games from 2011-13 for Seattle, making six trips to the disabled list for various injuries and illnesses.

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Ichiro Suzuki has decided to play for the Miami Marlins. Suzuki and the team have agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract, pending a physical, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. Suzuki’s signing is just one of many eye-catching moves by the Marlins in this offseason, starting with the record $325 million, 13-year contract given in November to slugger Giancarlo Stanton. He topped the 200-hit mark in his first 10 major league seasons and has 2,844 MLB hits in his 14 seasons with the Yankees and Seattle Mariners.

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Japanese star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has agreed terms on a one-year Major League Baseball contract with the Miami Marlins worth $2 million, according to reports Friday. Major League Baseball’s website and the Miami Herald, citing unnamed sources, reported the deal was complete and will make the 10-time All-Star the Marlins’ top reserve outfielder. Suzuki is only 156 base hits shy of the milestone 3,000 hits mark for his North American career and will be a strong left-handed pinch hitter off the bench for the Marlins, who have never before had a Japanese player on the roster.

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Today we’ll get ready for the 2015 MLB season with a team-by-team bullpen audit.

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The already bright future of the Seattle Mariners just got a little brighter with the installation of a brand new, ahead-of-the-curve lighting system at Safeco Field. According to MLB.com , the Mariners will become the first MLB franchise to illuminate their stadium with LED (light emitting diode), which they say will reduce glare and shadows on the field and create a better all-around experience for everybody concerned, including home viewers. “Thus far, our experience has indicated that the Mariners new LED technology at Safeco Field will be better for our players, fans in the ballpark and viewers watching at home,” said Joe Garagiola, Jr., senior vice president of standards and on-field operations for Major League Baseball. “We applaud the Mariners for an innovative step that promises to improve efficiency and the fan experience in numerous ways, all while serving as a welcome addition to our overall greening efforts.” The Mariners and MLB lighting experts have spent the past 48 hours testing the new lighting and measuring its impact on the field. Obviously, the results have been satisfying, with the league adding that the LED system meets or exceeds all league standards. In other words, it’s a full go for the 2015 season, which could provide a glimmer of hope for batters trying to read the spin on Felix Hernandez’s curveball. Just don’t expect miracles, non-Mariners fans. Here are a few more details on the system courtesy of KING5 in Seattle : The Mariners benched some 600 high intensity discharge (HID) lights in favor of an LED system designed by the Federal Way-based company Planled, which has already converted several buildings for Boeing and other companies. Founder and CEO John Hwang uses human studies and economics to convince companies that LED can improve their productivity and control costs. Studies show LED can incorporate a fuller spectrum of light and mimic the blue and red components of natural light. It can improve energy levels, moods and performance of athletes and other workers. Better lighting in addition to controlled costs? That works. Of course, the Mariners were one of the first MLB teams to go green at the ballpark and bring awareness to the process of conserving energy and recycling. It should come as no surprise that they’re continuing those efforts on this level. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how many other teams follow suit, and whether or not the league becomes active in encouraging the change.   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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