A change for Ichiro?
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said he’s still figuring out where to bat longtime leadoff man Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro, 38, is coming off a season in which he hit .272 with a .310 on-base percentage, by far the lowest marks in his 11-year career with the Mariners. Ichiro has hit exclusively in the leadoff spot for several years. Wedge said he’s met with the All-Star outfielder twice in the offseason. “I’m going to put out the best nine in the right order, in the order that I see fit to score as many runs as we can,” Wedge said Tuesday at the winter meetings in Dallas. “And if I feel like that’s him leading off, then that’s what we’re going to do. If I feel like that’s him hitting the 3-hole, that’s what I’m going to do. If I feel like that’s him hitting somewhere else, that’s what we’re going to do.” – AP