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Marlins decline option on Ichiro Suzuki

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The Miami Marlins declined the $2 million club option they had on outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, making him a free agent.

Everyone loves the future Hall of Famer, but it’s an open question as to whether he’ll find work this winter. While he was a productive part-timer in 2016, he hit only .255/.318/.332 in 2017. He says he wants to continue playing, but he turned 44 a couple of weeks ago so expecting a bounceback is a bit unrealistic.

Still, it’s not hard to imagine someone giving him a minor league deal to see if he has anything left in the tank come February.

Cubs shut Brandon Morrow down for remainder of 2019

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Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow, on a rehab assignment as he works his way back from elbow and forearm issues, suffered a setback and has been shut down for the remainder of the 2019 season, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports.

Morrow, 35, hasn’t pitched since July 15, 2018. The right-hander inked a two-year, $21 million contract with the Cubs in December 2017 but has been unable to stay healthy. When he did pitch last year, he was excellent, limiting the opposition to five runs on 24 hits and nine walks with 31 strikeouts and 22 saves in 30 2/3 innings.

Morrow is likely done as a Cub. He has a vesting option for 2020 worth $12 million. The details aren’t publicly available but it presumably won’t vest. The Cubs can instead buy him out for $3 million, making him a free agent.