Could the Blue Jays be taking on future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki? Maybe and maybe not, but there’s a lot of incentive to take on the veteran player.
Rumours are circulating that the Jays, the Miami Marlins, and the Baltimore Orioles are courting the 41-year-old player, but critics warns that the team is likely doing their due diligence in checking on potential prospects. They also warn that while he’s a good player, he’s also might be an expensive pick.
According to Sportsnet, the Blue Jays are believed to have $5-7 million remaining in their budget as they look to upgrade their relief players. Ichiro earned a $6.5 million salary with the New York Yankees. That means even if he took a pay cut, he’d soak up the remaining funds for the year.
With a batting average of .284 and a .324 on-base percentage, Ichiro is a good player considering he’s reached the age where baseball players begin to retire. Being just 156 hits shy of reaching 3,000, he’s still got a ways to go before calling it quits and his agent says he’s still looking to play the game.
The Blue Jays would be a good fit for Ichiro and he’s a solid player who could help build up the team. Today there are reports that Hanshin Tiger Takashi Toritani will be staying in Japan, so there’s another Japanese player we missed out on, so why fill that hole with one of the best in the MLB?