Skip to content

Mariners release Chone Figgins, eat $8 million salary

Nov 28, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

Chone Figgins Getty Images

Not surprisingly the Mariners couldn’t find a taker after designating Chone Figgins for assignment last week, so they released him today.

That means Seattle eats the remaining $8 million on his contract for 2013 and Figgins is able to sign with any other team as a free agent.

He ended up hitting .227 with a .302 on-base percentage in three seasons and 308 games for the Mariners after signing a four-year, $36 million deal as a free agent. In the three seasons before that Figgins hit .301 with a .386 on-base percentage in 389 games for the Angels.

And now at age 35 he’ll collect that $8 million salary and probably compete for a bench gig somewhere.

  1. mdpickles - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    “Hello Chone, Rube here. We have nice platoon setup for you here in Philly.”

  2. ryanrockzzz - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    He’s gotta be better the Martinez coming off the bench…bring him aboard for the minimum!

  3. bubbalynch - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    I bet they were hoping that LA Dodgers would do them a favor and snatch him up! Hey, throw in King Felix and it’s a done deal.

  4. losangelesfan - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Braves. He’s from, and still lives in, Georgia.

  5. thekingdave - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Yeah! Amaro succeeds Gillick, writes tons of checks and cannot replicate success of 2008, but is the greatest GM ever! Let’s interject him into every comment thread!

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    He’d still be an upgrade for the Twins at 3B.

  7. dodger88 - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Curious, has retained any of his defensive value? If yes, he could be a cheap but useful bench piece for a lot of teams.

  8. digbysellers - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    True, he could play for the Bee’s and hit cleanup behind Shane “Downtown Anderson” Vendrell…or Boyd Crowder if you prefer.

  9. alexo0 - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    I love eating $8 million celery.

  10. psousa1 - Nov 28, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    He was at his best when he was playing 4 or 5 different positions a week. Maybe that’s what brought out the best in him. It was a crazy ass signing in the first place. He was one of the best full time utility players ever but that was a little nuts.

  11. vallewho - Nov 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Yankees? they need a body and @ league minimum, why not?

  12. footballguy58 - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Backup to Izturs at 2B, Jose Reyes at SS and Brett Lawrie at 3B? The fact is, if the price is right, not a bad idea to have him compete for the starting gig at 2B.

  13. footballguy58 - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Backup to Izturis at 2B, Jose Reyes at SS and Brett Lawrie at 3B? The fact is, if the price is right, not a bad idea to have him compete for the starting gig at 2B.

  14. westcoastredbird - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Dude might have some tread on the tires. Adrian Beltre didn’t exactly flourish in Seattle. Got a fat paycheck, set for life, now it’s time for a new gig and to get serious or retire. Might fit as a backup to a backup in the AL.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Yanks, Cards and Reds hit with injury bug
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. C. Gonzalez (2580)
  2. J. Votto (2532)
  3. E. Encarnacion (2391)
  4. M. Tanaka (2389)
  5. J. Nelson (2275)
  1. R. Braun (2271)
  2. M. Trumbo (2253)
  3. J. Samardzija (2217)
  4. B. Hamilton (2113)
  5. V. Martinez (2080)