Ichiro Suzuki, 44, Mariners near agreement on contract

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He would go on to win AL rookie of the year and MVP in 2001, leading Seattle to a record 116-win season. Sources say he will sign once he clears a physical test.

Ichiro spent 12 season with the Mariners. Gamel felt the injury for the first time last week during batting practice.

Remember the good old Mariners days when they had so many injuries to pitchers that they were working out grocery baggers from QFC?

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Gamel is one more name being added to a long list of players with ailments for Seattle. Outfielder Guillermo Heredia is also still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, leaving Seattle thin at the position.

Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki pops out in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, June 29, 2012, in Seattle.

In November, the Marlins made a decision to declined their $2 million option on Ichiro, making him a free agent.

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In 2004, Ichiro broke George Sisler's 84-year-old record for most hits in a season with 257, finishing with a total of 262 and a.372 batting average. He set a new record with 109 appearances at the plate as a pinch hitter, and posted a franchise record for pinch-hits with 27.

Ichiro played in 136 games last season for the Miami Marlins and hit.255 with an OPS of.649.

Ichiro, 44, played in 136 games previous year as a reserve outfielder for the Marlins, posting a.255/.318/.332 slash line with three home runs, 20 RBI and one stolen base in 215 plate appearances.

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