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Ichiro to announce retirement after this morning’s game

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A source has told Jim Allen of Kyodo News that Ichiro Suzuki has told the Seattle Mariners that he intends to retire after the Mariners-Athletics game currently underway in Tokyo. UPDATE: ESPN has confirmed the report and announced it during the Mariners-A’s broadcast.

While it was suspected that Ichiro’s intention was to only play the two games in the Japan Series and not remain with the Mariners once the regular season heads back to the United States, this is the first word we’ve heard that he does, in fact, plan to do that.

We’ll obviously have more on this later today if and when Ichiro does, in fact, make such an announcement publicly.

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.