The 44-year-old outfielder is returning to the organization where it all began. Is this a good move for the Mariners?
PEORIA, Ariz. — After a brief hiatus, the Extra Innings podcast has officially reported to Mariners’ spring training. If a physical were pending, this wouldn’t have happened because neither beat writer Ryan Divish nor columnist Larry Stone would pass. But since health isn’t an issue, Divish and Stone discuss the big/surprising news that Ichiro will return to the Seattle Mariners on a one-year contract. They debate the move and why it was made, whether it made sense and what will happen when all the injured Mariners players — specifically outfielder Ben Gamel — get healthy. They also discuss their memories of Ichiro’s time with the Mariners in the past as well as perception of fans and teammates.