The Miami Marlins today made Martin Prado‘s three-year extension official. We all knew that was happening. They also made another move: they exercised Ichiro Suzuki‘s option for 2017.
Ichiro will cost the Marlins $2 million next year. It will be the third straight year he’s made that much for Miami. In the two seasons to date, he’s hit .257/.314/.323 in 803 plate appearances across 296 games. His 2016 was better than that — .291/.354./,376 — and he picked up his 3,000th major league hit during the season. He did fall off considerably in the second half, however.
Ichiro will turn 43 this month, so there is a very, very good chance that he will not replicate his decent 2016, let alone his strong first half of this year. But at only $2 million, it’s not a risk to keep a well-loved future Hall of Famer on board who, if things break just right, could still give you some decent part time production.
Pierre Noujaim of Fox9 Minneapolis reports that the Twins and free agent starter Michael Pineda have agreed on a two-year contract. The Athletic’s Dan Hayes confirms Noujaim’s report and adds that the deal is for $20 million.
Pineda, 30, signed with the Twins in December 2017 while he was in the process of recovering from Tommy John surgery. He missed the entire 2018 season but began the 2019 season on time. Pineda went on to post a 4.01 ERA with 140 strikeouts and 28 walks across 146 innings. He was suspended 60 games in early September after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. There are 39 games remaining, so he won’t make his season debut next year until mid-May.
Pineda will rejoin a Twins rotation that features José Berríos and Jake Odorizzi. The Twins are likely not done hunting for rotation help.