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Eric Wedge says cutting Chone Figgins “is not even an option for us”

May 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Many people were surprised–or perhaps more accurately disappointed–that the Mariners chose not to drop Chone Figgins when they needed a roster spot for Miguel Olivo‘s return yesterday. And for those same people manager Eric Wedge has some bad news.

Wedge told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that dropping Figgins “is not even an option for us” because as a utility man “he gives us protection” and “we’ll use him how we see fit to help us win ballgames and go from there.”

Using a player to help a team win games is quite a novel approach, but in reality Figgins has barely gotten off the Mariners’ bench with just seven plate appearances in the past two weeks.

Meanwhile, since a big first week Figgins has hit .133 in his last 25 games and is now hitting .186 in 110 games dating back to the beginning of last season. He made $9 million last season, is making $9 million this season, and is owed $8 million in 2013.

  1. darthicarus - May 25, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Figgins is to Seattle as Inge was to Detroit. Though as Tigers fans have seen removing dead weight (to that specific team) doesn’t create a magic elixir of greatness, instead it just creates the need to find a new target of hatred for why the team sucks, please step into the fire Mr. Leyland the fans now blame you.

  2. ezthinking - May 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    and the mystery of the sucking Mariners is solved. The manager and the front office consists of morons.

  3. IdahoMariner - May 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Yeah, no. Not a big fan of keeping Figgins. Not a big fan of having Olivo come back, either, since having three catchers is what makes keeping a nominally versatile guy like Fighins necessary,but at least Olivo’s “veteran-ness” involves a slightly better bat and a MUCH better attitude – attitude being the point of veteran-ness, I think (hard to tell, depending on which old school guy you talk to). But then, this is a manager who doesn’t really like one of the teams best hitters, one who is an actual leader in the “show by doing” sense, because he is quiet and doesn’t screw around to be one of the guys. So, you know, I only hold out marginal improvement until the next manager comes in, since wedge is clearly here for his perceived value as a guy who handles young’uns well.

  4. IdahoMariner - May 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    …by which I mean, as soon as the young guys get a fair amount of time in the big leagues, someone else is going to need to come in to actually work on winning, because wedge is not that guy. He’s classic old school platitude guy, and there ain’t enough talent on the team to compensate for that.

  5. drewsylvania - May 25, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    The moment Figgins is cut, Wedge will be arrested for child pornography. It’s the only reason Figgins is still around–he’ll sing the moment he’s cut.

  6. emeraldcityfan - May 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    The fact that Wedge still thinks the Mariners are contending is hilarious. Isn’t the point of a rebuilding season to play the kids? Chone should have been DFA’d last year.

    • dan1111 - May 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      Have to disagree. Wedge is the manager. It’s his job to motivate the players, not give up on the team when they are only seven games back, early in the season.

      Now you know, and I know, and Wedge knows that the Mariners just ain’t that good. They don’t have much of a chance. But no manager worth his salt should admit that until they are truly out of contention, either because the math no longer works or because they are the Pirates.

      Of course, the subject of contending has nothing to do with Figgins.

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