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May 27, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins pinch hitter Ichiro Suzuki (51) at bat against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Stock Trader: Dustin Ackley for Ichiro Suzuki

Imagine an Ichiro Suzuki reunion in Seattle, and imagine the type of energy that would bring to Safeco Field. I know it seems like a pipe dream, as he was an absolute fan favorite in Seattle, but I think it makes a lot of sense for both the Marlins and the Mariners.

The Miami Marlins sit at 21-30, currently 8.5 back from the Washington Nationals. Meanwhile, the M’s still sit just 6.5 games back, but more importantly, they are chasing a team in the Houston Astros that I just don’t believe can keep this up. The Marlins aren’t quite ready to sell and call it a lost season, so I wouldn’t look for a trade like this to happen this week, but if the Fish are unable to turn things around, I don’t see why this trade could not happen.

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Ichiro is getting older, he’s on the backend of his playing days, and he has no business being on a team not playing for anything. Dustin Ackley, a former second overall pick in the 2009 draft, just hasn’t worked out for the M’s, and I think a change of scenery could be exactly what he needs. Ichiro could come in and play right field for the M’s which would allow Seattle to shift Seth Smith to left field, and then moving Nelson Cruz to a full time DH spot. He also would be another option for the M’s at lead-off, with his .287 batting average and .341 OBP being a significant upgrade over what they currently have there in Austin Jackson.

The M’s need to be aggressive if they want to make a move in the standings, and I think the Seattle fan favorite Ichiro Suzuki is exactly what the Mariners’ need. Let us know what you think by casting your vote in the poll below!

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