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He would go on to win AL rookie of the year and MVP in 2001, leading Seattle to a record 116-win season.

The Mariners are bringing back one of their franchise greats, with Ichiro Suzuki reportedly set to return after taking his physical Monday.

The deal for Ichiro could be ready to sign by early Tuesday, said one source.

Ichiro is a two-time batting champion and a 10-time All-Star. Mitch Haniger is also now injured with a sore right hand.

Gamel is one more name being added to a long list of players with ailments for Seattle. Right fielder Mitch Haniger has tendinitis in his hand, and reserve outfielder Guillermo Heredia is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

Veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is close to re-signing with the Seattle Mariners, a source familiar with USA baseball matters said Monday.

He played with the Seattle Mariners from 2001 to 2012 before heading to the New York Yankees in a mid-season trade.

Last season he hit a dismal.255/.318/.332 for just 50 hits and 17 walks in 215 plate appearances.

In 2004, Ichiro broke George Sisler's 84-year-old record for most hits in a season with 257, finishing with a total of 262 and a.372 batting average.

Ichiro, 44, is understood to be finalizing a contract with the Mariners, with whom he previously played for almost 12 years.