Ichiro Suzuki has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Miami Marlins and try to reach the 3,000-hit milestone in the majors.
Suzuki, who turns 42 on Oct. 22, is tied for 33rd on the hits list with 2,935. He had 91 in 153 games for the Marlins this season but batted a career-low .229, dropping his career average to .314.
His slugging percentage this year was .279, the lowest among all major league players with more than 300 at-bats. But injuries to other outfielders — including slugger Giancarlo Stanton — made him an everyday player.
Suzuki, a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, pitched for the first time in his 15-year major league career in the Marlins’ season finale Sunday, throwing one inning at Philadelphia.
Suzuki had 1,278 hits in nine professional seasons in Japan. His new deal was announced Tuesday.