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Chone Figgins designated for assignment by the Mariners

Nov 20, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

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The Chone Figgins era is over in Seattle. Mercifully.

From Greg Johns of MLB.com comes word that the Mariners designated the 34-year-old utilityman for assignment, removing him from their 40-man roster. He’ll either be traded or released within the next 10 days, and we would bet good money on the latter.

Figgins got a four-year, $36 million free agent contract from the M’s before the start of the 2010 season, then went on to bat just .227/.302/.283 with 104 total runs scored and 61 total RBI in 308 games with the team. He still has one year and $8 million remaining on that deal, but the Mariners are content with chalking it up as a sunk cost at this point.

Figgins started only 38 games for Seattle this past summer while earning a salary of $9 million.

The Mariners also designated outfielder Scott Cousins for assignment on Tuesday night.

  1. vallewho - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    I don’t see a trade getting done, but someone will definitely will take a flyer on him as a utility-man / insurance.

    • Charles Gates - Nov 21, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      Not at that price.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 21, 2012 at 8:23 AM

        If teams wait until he is released they only have to pay 450,000 or so to sign him.

      • vallewho - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        yeappp! League minimum (and the M’s eat the rest of the contract money).

  2. dwaibel38 - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    As an Angel fan, I would love for him to come back ‘home’. As a baseball fan, it’s time for him to ride off into the sunset…

  3. tuberippin - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    The Mariners’ long national nightmare is over.

  4. wlschneider09 - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    With my luck the Twins will pick him up. He’s got that whole multiple position, can’t hit thing down.

  5. natsattack - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Bout time. The M’s might actually compete this year.

  6. db105 - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    As soon as he got that fat contract he didn’t care anymore.

    • pauleee - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      Yep, that’s it alright! Stopped caring as soon as he was payed. Couldn’t be, nope nope nope, no way that it was that he couldn’t deal with the pressure of signing the big contract, with all the expectations that go along with it. THAT has never happened in the history of, well, any sport so we’ll go with the not caring thing.

  7. ireportyoudecide - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Remember 3 years ago when everyone was writing how the Mariners were building their team around UZR, the Figgins free agency signing leading the way. Oh Jack Z

    • geoknows - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      That was about the same time that Rob Neyer proclaimed Figgins a “superstar.” Even then, I fell out of my chair laughing.

      • American of African Descent - Nov 21, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        I’ve learned to ignore anything Rob Neyer has to say.

    • seattlej - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Like pretty much every GM, there are definitely things to criticize Jack Z about (the Morrow/League trade, etc.), and its easy to criticize the Figgins signing at this point. The problem with this, though, is that at the time the deal was made I don’t remember anyone voicing a strong opposition to it. In fact, if you go back and look at the pundits’ lists of best off season moves from three years ago, this signing was on a good number of them — and that wasn’t limited to those folks that pay attention to UZR, WAR, etc.

      The fact is, sometimes even good process and sound decisions lead to bad results. It just happens in baseball (and elsewhere in life).

  8. denny65 - Nov 21, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Praise be! The day so many of us have been praying, hoping, yes even chanting for has finally come to pass!

    There is a DFA diety, there is, there is!

    Now, let us go forward and speak never again of this “Chone” experience.

  9. maddogg911 - Nov 21, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    Figgy come back home to anaheim, you can bolster our bench. He can replace Izturis. He still has above average speed and can play both infield and outfield. If Juan Pierre can get a job, I’m sure figgy will find suitors.

    • pauleee - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      You know, I’m OK with that.

  10. jimsjam33 - Nov 21, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Whay happened ? This guy was great for the Angels .

    • IdahoMariner - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      that’s what we’ve wanted to know for three years

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 21, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Why does every kind of offense die in Seattle? I can undrestand the HR thing because of the fences, but how does a slap hitter with speed and a decent eye fall off a cliff so suddenly? I would not be shocked to see him rejuvenated elsewhere, ala Ibanez, Beltre, Ichiro, etc…

    • bigharold - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      “… how does a slap hitter with speed and a decent eye fall off a cliff so suddenly?”

      I’ve wondered that myself. I mean I could understand a slow decline because as a player gets older it’s normal to lose a step and his game was based on speed. but, as you say he just went off the cliff.

      It’s hard to understand how the same guy that use to drive me nuts, .. which was a short drive to start with, .. when he played my Yankees went bad so quick.

  12. randygnyc - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Sabathia- it’s the culture of losing. It happens after frustration and hopelessness settles in after long sustained periods of losing.

  13. plmathfoto - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    How about Cousins? Isn’t he the guy who ran into Posey?

    • IdahoMariner - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      yup. we picked him up a couple of weeks ago. not happy we did that; hppy he’s gone again. apparently the blue jays signed him forna couple of weeks in october and dropped him, too.

  14. dcrudy - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Here’s one of the names the owners need to drop the next time the players association cries ‘collusion’ when teams refuse the hand out guaranteed multi-year deals to every free agent.

  15. willclarkgameface - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    The AL West will be a strong competitive division with 4 of the 5 teams bashing each others heads in all season and those same 4 teams feasting of the carcass of a baseball team in Houston.

    Chone wasn’t worth the price they paid him when the contract was finalized. Good on him I suppose for chasing the money and grabbing at something that he’d never get anywhere else.

    Dude is finished and I’ll never quite understand his Seattle career.

  16. 6stn - Nov 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    No direction home. Like a Rolling Chone.

  17. seattlenative57 - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    So, Seattle fans won’t have Figgins to kick around any … oops! Actually, it’s the other way: Figgins won’t have Seattle to kick around anymore. Supposedly, no one can figure out why this never worked. My hope: Stop signing former Angels as free agents on the downside of their careers.

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