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Dustin Ackley moves to No. 2 spot in Mariners’ lineup as Chone Figgins’ role shrinks

Jun 23, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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Dustin Ackley is batting second in the Mariners’ lineup today, which might end up being his spot for the next decade or so and points to Chone Figgins‘ role continuing to shrink.

Figgins has been the No. 2 hitter for most of the past season-and-a-half and still has another two years and $17 million left on his contract, but he’s been so abysmal that Adam Kennedy is taking his playing time at third base since Ackley was called up to play second base.

Asked specifically about Figgins’ role, manager Eric Wedge told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times:

He’s just not going to get as much playing time. He knows that. He wants to get going more than anybody. I want him to get going more than anybody, but he’s in between right now. That’s not where you want to be. We’ll pick our spots to get him in there, and hopefully he can start heading in the right direction.

Regardless of what you thought of the Mariners’ decision to give Figgins a four-year, $36 million deal as a free agent his complete collapse since signing the deal has been shocking. Figgins hit .291 with a .363 on-base percentage in 936 games for the Angels, but he’s hit just .239 with a .312 on-base percentage in 225 games for the Mariners. And even his base-stealing has fallen apart, as he’s just 8-for-14 on steals this season after going 42-for-57 in 2010.

  1. SmackSaw - Jun 23, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    The Angels got that one right. Figgins and Lackey both stink. Doesn’t quite make up for Kazmir, Wells, Mathews Jr……

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 23, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    “…points to Chone Figgins role continuing to shrink.”

    You should replace the “hr” with a “t”.

  3. IdahoMariner - Jun 23, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    I was more excited than anybody at the thought of Figgins stealing bases right behind Ichiro…but if you can’t get on base (or if you hit GIDP after GIDP), well, take a seat. Please.

  4. spudchukar - Jun 23, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    I wish my roll would shrink.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Does anyone in the M’s front office ever have to answer for all the free agent busts the M’s have signed over the last 10 years? LOL

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