Marlins open to two-year deal with Ichiro

Marlins open to two-year deal with Ichiro

MIAMI -- The Marlins have intensified talks with 10-time All-Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and are open to a possible two-year deal, MLB.com has learned.

Multiple reports on Saturday said talks between the two sides were progressing. Miami is searching for a fourth outfielder, and the 41-year-old appears to be its primary target.

Suzuki, a career .317 hitter, has 2,844 hits over 14 MLB seasons. Currently sitting 156 hits shy of the 3,000 mark, a two-year deal could help him reach the milestone in a Marlins uniform.

A member of the Yankees since midway through the 2012 season, Suzuki appeared in 143 games and batted .284 with a .324 on-base percentage in 385 plate appearances in '14. His role with the Marlins would be as a fourth outfielder and a left-handed pinch-hitting option.

Along with Suzuki, the Marlins have also had conversations with another left-handed-hitting, free-agent outfielder, Nate Schierholtz.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.