Ichiro Suzuki is the best Japanese player to play in the United States, but Matsui is still the most popular MLB player in Japan. The two together would really help the Mariners' ratings in Japan, and also at the gate in Seattle.
Morosi quotes "a person close to Ichiro" saying "[Ichiro] thinks [Matsui] would help as a DH threat."
Matsui hit .274/.361/.459 with 21 home runs in Anaheim last season and made $6 million.
It's unlikely the Mariners can afford that much money in a designated hitter.
Because of his past knee surgeries, Matsui is best-suited for the American League, and it's believed he would prefer to avoid artificial turf, which could rule out Tampa Bay and Toronto, two possible destinations. The A's have also been mentioned as a possibility.
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