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The Mariners officially announce the Chone Figgins deal

Dec 8, 2009, 5:01 PM EDT

The best evidence that Major League Baseball needs to re-think the whole structure of the Winter Meetings is taking place in front of me as I type this: up on the stage, the Mariners are officially announcing the Chone Figgins signing. The signing that everyone has known about for several days.

To be sure, there is something new: it’s a four year deal with an option year added.  No one has mentioned the option, I don’t think. So thanks.

But if we’ve learned anything this week, we’ve learned that the baseball world now moves much faster than the speed of press release.  In light of this, the official announcement is quaint, bordering on the superfluous.

  1. jwb - Dec 8, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    It wasn’t going to become official until after Beltre declined arbitration. It didn’t really have anything to do with the speed of news. I’m only surprised it wasn’t announced first thing this morning.

  2. IdahoMariner - Dec 8, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    nah…all the local press says the deal was going through with or without beltre. they say they were just doing the waiting on the physical thing.

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