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UPDATE: Chone Figgins says he wants to stay — and win — in Seattle

Jan 29, 2011, 2:12 PM EST

Chone Figgins running

UPDATE: According to a Tweet by John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse, Chone Figgins says he wants to stay “and win in Seattle.” He might be waiting a while.

For what it’s worth, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that Figgins has not been asked to waive his limited no-trade clause, which includes the Athletics. Of course, no-trade clauses don’t really mean much these days, so that doesn’t mean a deal won’t happen.

10:24 AM: By the way, in his ESPN Insider column this morning, Buster Olney continued to talk about the possibility that there could be a third team involved in trade negotiations, possibly the Blue Jays.

9:57 AM: Craig mentioned yesterday the potential deal that would have the Mariners send Chone Figgins to the Athletics for Kevin Kouzmanoff.

Asked about the rumor on Friday, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik indicated that he plans to have Chone Figgins on the ballclub on Opening Day (via Greg Johns and Jane Lee of MLB.com).

“I’m looking forward to Figgins being our starting third baseman,” Zduriencik said. “He’ll be here tomorrow [for the Mariners’ FanFest]. He’s been agreeable to moving back to third base and that’s our plan, to have Chone be our Opening Day third baseman.”

This means nothing, of course.

I actually like Figgins quite a bit, but if the Mariners can somehow get the Athletics to take on all or most of the $26 million left on his contract, they should absolutely jump at the chance.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 29, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    D.J. – That $26M could wind up being $35M if his option for 2014 kicks in with his qualified PA in 2013. I would think Seattle would have to pick up a decent size piece of that if they want a small market team like Oakland to take on that type player/salary, not the other way around. Just thinking out loud.

    • D.J. Short - Jan 29, 2011 at 10:19 AM

      I’m aware of the options, but the way I see it, the A’s inherit that risk. Plus, it’s 600 plate appearances in 2013. If the A’s want to avoid it, I’m sure they can think of a way to do it.

      • D.J. Short - Jan 29, 2011 at 10:20 AM

        *option

      • uyf1950 - Jan 29, 2011 at 10:25 AM

        D.J. – Yes, option but based on his last 2 years appearances of over 700 each year baring something happening 600 happening in the 2013 would be a pretty good bet. But you are correct it is an “option”.

      • seattlej - Jan 29, 2011 at 11:38 AM

        If he’s struggling in 2013 that gives the A’s the excuse to sit him. If he’s sitting, then he doesn’t get to 600. Pretty simple.

        If he’s not struggling, then they probably have no problem with the option vesting. $9 M for Figgins might be a little high, but it’s not crazy. And we’re talking about 2014… there will almost certainly be some salary inflation between now and then.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 29, 2011 at 11:49 AM

        Seattlej – Of course it’s not a lot money especially when you look 3 year out. But considering that if he was to go to Oakland he would be the highest paid player on their payroll. Is he the type of player that any team especially one with limited money whats to have as their highest paid player?

      • clydeserra - Jan 29, 2011 at 1:45 PM

        Eric Chavez made $12M last year, Ben Sheets $10M. I think the “limited payroll” A’s can handle $9M for figgins. Plus Kouzmanoff will off set about $9M of that.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 29, 2011 at 2:16 PM

        To clydeserra – Without either Chavez or Sheets on the Oakland payroll for 2011 Oaklands payroll is estimated to be about $75M that’s about $8M more than in 2010 and that’s without Figgins. Sure if they trade Kouzmanoff that will offset about $4.5M of Figgins $9M salary. That would still put Oaklands estimated 2011 payroll at about $80M ($10 to $15M more than in 2010). Again I ask is that something they would feel comfortable with? Like I said earlier unless Seattle is willing to pick up a portion of Figgins yearly pay I can’t see this as a good thing for Oakland.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 29, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    I think Figgins just likes dancing around a campfire at night in a crow mask. Tell him that if he’ll go quietly, he can keep the crow mask and they’ll also send him a carton of Ivar’s clam chowder and a box of Cow Chip Cookies every month till his contract runs out. That should soften him up.

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