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Mariners release Chone Figgins, eat $8 million salary

Nov 28, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

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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.

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