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Mariners willing to throw in money to rid themselves of Chone Figgins

Nov 14, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

Chone Figgins running

Chone Figgins has been a complete disaster since signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the Mariners in December of 2009. After he hit absolute rock bottom this season by batting just .188/.241/.243 over 313 plate appearances, it appears general manager Jack Zduriencik is ready to cut his losses and move on.

According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Mariners are willing to kick in some cash in order to rid themselves of Figgins. What a concept.

Morosi hears that the Mariners are hopeful a team in need of a leadoff man will engage them in trade talks. They view the Reds, Tigers and Giants as possible fits, though it’s not clear if any of them are actually interested.

Figgins, who turns 34 in January, is still owed $9 million next season and $8 million in 2013. His contract includes a $9 million vesting option for 2014 if he gets 600 plate appearances in 2013. He couldn’t do much worse with a change of scenery, but the only realistic way a deal goes down is if the Mariners are willing to cover most of his remaining salary or they find a trade partner who has a similarly bad contract.

  1. lrak76 - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Keep the cash and take Brandon Inge off of our hands. I would love for the Tigres to pick him and Prado up if all it took was a streaky-hitting outfielder with poor defensive skills and another player with an equally bad contract. Hell, I would throw in a guys like Andy Oliver, Ryan Strieby or some other bust of a prospect if that’s all it took to get Figgins. In a market so thin you have to take chances like this to win and it’s worked with Fister and Young this year. Everybody in Detroit was upset with their acquisitions and the they both blew up. Get ‘er done, Dave.

    • dan1111 - Nov 15, 2011 at 3:03 AM

      the Tigers only have a one year $6 million obligation to Inge, while Figgins is owed at least $17 million, plus a vesting option for 2014. I suspect the Mariners would love this deal.

  2. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    I will give the Mariners $3 bucks and a Joe Shatabonik baseball card for him if they pick up the rest of the salary. :-)

    • marinersnate - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:11 AM

      Fair & tempting offer. But SF has already offered a box of Rice-A-Roni, one of Timmy’s ryo’s, and half an order of AT&T garlic fries. This has all the makings of a bidding war.

  3. pisano - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Mariners, you made your bed, now lay in it.

  4. dafixisin - Nov 15, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    If the M’s fail to land Fielder (likely), I’d swap Figgy for the Big Donkey, straight up. The M’s would assume $5 million more per year, but that’s a bet I’d be willing to make, post-Fielder.

  5. paperlions - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    There are so many fun things about this post.

    1) Teams that need a leadoff man….with an OBP that rivals that of most pitchers.

    2) The list of teams the Mariner’s are targeting, Reds and Giants…good stuff…it is like they are saying, “we know you guys aren’t that bright, look at the shiny lead off man, he’s fast!”

    3) The fact that the Mariners think anyone in their right mind would trade for this guy…most teams would waste the roster spot on him, much less give anything for him or pay him more than the league minimum.

    4) It is called sunk cost, just cut the guy already, giving him playing time just increases the cost.

    • paperlions - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:53 AM

      *wouldn’t

      Edit function? Really, it is all I want for Christmas.

  6. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    How about a straight up swap with the Angles for Vernon Welles?

  7. Kanonen80 - Nov 15, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Twins send Nishioka to the M’s for Chone and 90% of his salary. Chone gets a change of scenery, Twins get a decent gloved utility man with speed (your welcome Gardy) and the M’s get a raw but talented Japanese shortstop in a market that’s definitely more Japanese-player friendly than the mid-west. Oh, and Ichiro will get an assistant to get his coffee and stuff, since it sounds like that’s how it works with two Japanese players on the same team. Everyone wins.

  8. SmackSaw - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Say what you want about Vernon Wells, but letting Figgins and Lackey go were great moves for Tony Regins.

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