The Marlins exercise Ichiro Suzuki’s 2018 option

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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.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.