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Report: Mariners, Figgins involved in serious talks

Dec 3, 2009, 9:02 PM EDT

Multiple sources told’s Jon Paul Morosi that the Mariners and Chone Figgins were involved in serious talks Thursday.
Morosi labels Seattle as the clear favorites to land Figgins, who is believed to be seeking a four-year deal worth in excess of $10 million per season.
The Mariners presumably would keep Figgins at third base and have him replace Adrian Beltre. He could bat second behind Ichiro Suzuki, giving the team an exciting and disruptive duo at the top of the order.
The team, though, would be setting aside a hefty portion of its available funds for a bat without any punch. The Mariners had just two 20-homer guys last season, and it’s possible that neither will be back since year, since Russell Branyan is a free agent and Jose Lopez has been talked about as a trade candidate. As things stand now, the Mariners would be looking at a lineup of:
RF Ichiro Suzuki
3B Chone Figgins
1B FA signing
2B Jose Lopez
DH Ken Griffey Jr.
CF Franklin Gutierrez
LF Michael Saunders/Bill Hall
SS Jack Wilson
C Rob Johnson/Adam Moore
Even with Figgins around, the Mariners would still have to bring in a quality option at first base and upgrade at DH or in left field in order to open the season with a respectable offense.

  1. Jimsjam33 - Dec 3, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    Figgins , do yourself a big favor ! Stay in Anaheim . The fans love you and Sciosca plays your kind of baseball .

  2. timtim - Dec 3, 2009 at 10:21 PM

    Yes! PLEASE stay in Ananheim. Don’t need the attitude and ego in Seattle.

  3. Chris Simonds - Dec 4, 2009 at 5:43 AM

    Maybe small ball is something to try at Safeco Field. Isn’t that where home runs go to die anyway?

  4. AjijicDean - Dec 4, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Figgins has neither an attitude or the kind of ego you usually see in players. In his years in Anaheim he’s played wherever asked and always hustled and tried his best. don’t know who timtim’s been watching but he must have him confused with someone else.

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