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  1. White Sox claim Javy Guerra off waivers from Dodgers

    Mar 26, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Javy Guerra

    Javy Guerra was designated for assignment by the Dodgers to make room for Chone Figgins on the roster last week and the White Sox have claimed the 28-year-old reliever off waivers. Guerra spent most of last season at Triple-A, making just nine (bad) appearances for the Dodgers and missing time with an elbow injury, but…

  2. Great Moments in Base Running: Australian runner gunned down by Puig

    Mar 20, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Fun stuff from that Dodgers-Australia game this morning: Yes, that was a strong throw from Puig. But I feel like this is way more on the Australian third base coach than on Puig’s cannon. I mean, a hot shot on what everyone says is a fast track is fielded by a strong-armed right fielder about…

  3. Dodgers designate Javy Guerra for assignment to make room for Chone Figgins

    Mar 16, 2014, 8:08 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Listen, I’m as shocked as you are by the headline. The Dodgers designated Javy Guerra, a perfectly good — if flawed — reliever to make room on the roster for Chone Figgins, a 36-year-old utilityman who hasn’t OPSed above .535 since 2010. The report comes from MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick. The Dodgers, though, are deep in…

  4. 2014 Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Mar 6, 2014, 5:02 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Los Angeles Dodgers. The Big Question: Can the deep-pocketed Dodgers be stopped? After a midseason turnaround led to 92…

  5. Chone Figgins didn’t like being pinch-hit for in Seattle

    Feb 26, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    Chone Figgins is trying to make the Dodgers’ roster. He gave a big interview to the L.A. Times about his dark time in Seattle. He mentioned one incident which set the whole relationship on a bad path, apparently: He said the Mariners had competed well that season against the Angels and he thought Seattle would be good…

  6. Chone Figgins, Dodgers close on minor league deal

    Jan 22, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Dodgers and utilityman Chone Figgins are close to signing a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. [Update: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that an agreement has been reached.] Figgins didn’t play in 2013 after three difficult years with the Mariners. He had inked a four-year, $36…

  7. Johnny Damon still wants to play baseball

    Jan 12, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Johnny Damon is now 40 years old and didn’t play in 2013, but he has yet to fill out the paperwork to end his 18-year Major League career. In fact, as Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports, Damon would be willing to report to spring training if an interested team would like to bring…

  8. Chone Figgins preparing a comeback attempt

    Jan 12, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT

    chone figgins getty

    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick has the report … Chone Figgins wants to continue playing after sitting out all of 2013. He’s working out for MLB teams this week in Tampa. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 12, 2014 Figgins batted just .181/.262/.271 in 2012 — his final year with the Mariners — and was cut by the…

  9. Four years later, 2009 free-agent pair comes up big in LCSs

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:58 AM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    Headlined by three players, the post-2009 season MLB free agent class was undoubtedly the weakest seen in at least a decade. The prizes: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday (acquired from the A’s earlier that summer), Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay and Angels right-hander John Lackey. The field was so bad that the fourth biggest contract went…

  10. Carlos Beltran, from Royals project to Paul Newman

    Oct 15, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    carlos beltran royals

    We were in Florida in a place we still stubbornly called Baseball City. This was 1999 — it had been a long time since you could say the name without smirking. A decade earlier there had been an amusement park here called “Boardwalk and Baseball;” it was a strange blend of carnival, petting zoo, circus…

  11. Marlins release Chone Figgins

    Mar 20, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    This might be the end of the line for Chone Figgins. First he was released by the Mariners, who chose to eat $8 million rather than keep him around for another season, and now the Marlins have released him as well. If you can’t secure a bench spot as a veteran player with defensive versatility…

  12. Chone Figgins joins Marlins on minor league contract

    Feb 8, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    Released by the Mariners with one season remaining on a four-year, $36 million deal, Chone Figgins has latched on with the Marlins. Figgins signed a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training, where the 35-year-old will presumably compete for a bench spot after hitting .185 in 147 games over the past two seasons.…

  13. Notes and thoughts on the Justin Upton trade

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Martin Prado

    Braves acquire OF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson from Diamondbacks for 3B Martin Prado, RHP Randall Delgado, RHP Zeke Spruill, SS Nick Ahmed and 1B Brandon Drury. – As some probably guessed, I’m a big fan of this deal for the Braves. I wrote an entry trying to pair the Upton brothers in Atlanta…

  14. Mariners release Chone Figgins, eat $8 million salary

    Nov 28, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    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…

  15. Chone Figgins designated for assignment by the Mariners

    Nov 20, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

    chone figgins getty

    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…

  16. History suggests that Michael Bourn is likely to be a bust

    Nov 5, 2012, 11:26 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    Center field is the one strong position in free agency this winter, and many teams appear to see view Michael Bourn as the head of a class that also includes B.J. Upton, Angel Pagan and Shane Victorino. I do no share that view. Bourn turns 30 next month. He was one of the NL’s better…

  17. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

  18. Ichiro Suzuki returns to leadoff spot in Mariners order

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Eric Wedge’s offseason lineup switches just didn’t work out. A month after pulling Chone Figgins out of the leadoff spot and the lineup altogether, Wedge has decided to go back to Ichiro Suzuki at the top of the order. Suzuki hit third and started in right field in each of the Mariners’ first 52 games…

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

    May 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    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…

  20. Miguel Olivo returns from DL, Chone Figgins keeps his job

    May 24, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Mariners catcher Olivo grimaces with an injury during their MLB American League baseball game against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida

    Miguel Olivo is back from the disabled list after missing the past four weeks with a groin injury and the Mariners created a spot on the roster for his return by optioning outfielder Casper Wells to Triple-A. That means, despite some speculation to the contrary and plenty of fans calling for his job, Chone Figgins…

  21. Mariners let catcher lead off for first time in 34 years

    May 9, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    John Jaso

    Catcher John Jaso is hitting leadoff for the Mariners against the Tigers and Drew Smyly on Wednesday. It’s the first time since 1978 that a Mariners backstop has found himself atop the order. Larry Stone of the Seattle Times points out that Bob Stinson was the only previous catcher to lead off for the Mariners,…

  22. UPDATE: Jayson Werth suffers broken left wrist

    May 6, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    11:30 p.m. EDT update: It was announced after the game Sunday that Werth had suffered a broken left wrist. He’ll see a specialist on Monday as the Nats go about determining whether he has any ligament damage. If it’s a simple break, then 6-8 weeks is probably the best-case scenario. If there’s more damage, then…

  23. Chone Figgins is now a utilityman

    May 4, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    Mariners manager Eric Wedge said that Chone Figgins is no longer going to be an everyday player. His new role: utility guy off the bench.  The new third baseman/basemen: Kyle Seager and Alex Liddi.  The new leadoff hitter: Dustin Ackley. Done and done. This is something that had to happen. Figgins has hit .231/.304/.287 in 267 games since…

  24. Albert Pujols is in a 5-for-50 slump

    May 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Not only hasn’t Albert Pujols started producing like his usual self following a rough start to the season, he’s actually getting worse. Pujols went 3-for-5 with three doubles on April 19, which was his first game with multiple extra-base hits and seemingly signaled that he was starting to come around. Instead he’s gone 5-for-50 (.100)…

  25. Is the Chone Figgins era over yet?

    May 3, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    Chone Figgins didn’t play in the Mariners’ loss Tuesday, but in the last three games he’s started, he’s gone 0-for-15 with six strikeouts from the leadoff spot. All three games turned into one-run defeats for Seattle. Figgins is currently batting .189 in 95 at-bats for the season. He’s struck out 28 times already. Of course,…

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