The 43-year-old wound up playing in 136 games for the Marlins this year, just seven less than 2016, although he did record 140 fewer at-bats than he did a year ago. All in all, he slashed .255/.318/.332 with three home runs and 20 RBI, and even though he intends to continue playing, the veteran could have a hard time finding big-league employment next season.
Suzuki went 0-for-1 in Saturday's win against the Diamondbacks.
Suzuki has been used primarily as a pinch-hitter of late, however he's failed to get a hit in his last five pinch-hit opportunities. The 43-year-old has struggled to find playing time behind Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna, especially with the type of production he's shown. He has only 208 plate appearances this season (a career-low), and is batting .259 with 20 RBI this season in his third year with Miami.
Suzuki went 2-for-3 with a double, three walks, three runs and an RBI in Wednesday's 22-10 win over the Rangers.
With the game occurring in an American League park, the Marlins had an extra spot open in the lineup for Suzuki, who played an integral part in keeping multi-run rallies going in the fourth, seventh and eighth innings. In reaching base five times, Suzuki was able to boost his OBP from .277 to .301, but it's unlikely to earn him many future starts so long as the regular outfield trio of Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna maintains health.
Suzuki got a start in right field Thursday and went 2-for-3 with a walk, passing Rod Carew to become MLB's all-time foreign-born hit leader, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The 43-year-old now has 3,054 career base hits in MLB, putting him 24th on the overall all-time rankings with Rickey Henderson's 3,055 next in his sights. Suzuki's .222/.263/.296 slash line indicates the future Hall of Famer is a shadow of his former MVP self, but he can still play solid defense and could find employment as a bench bat beyond 2017 if he chooses, allowing him to take a run at cracking MLB's all-time top 20 in career hits despite not coming over from Japan until his age-27 season.
Suzuki went 1-for-3 with a solo home run during Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh.
This was just Suzuki's second home run through 85 plate appearances this season and only his fifth bomb since the 2013 campaign. The 43-year-old veteran owns a .198/.235/.296 slash line and probably shouldn't be counted on in any fantasy format.