Seattle Mariners Designate Chone Figgins For Assignment

Chone Figgins was given a lot of money when he came to Seattle from Los Angeles.  The 34-year old outfielder is making $8 million next season, but he will make be making it in Seattle.  The Seattle Mariners announced yesterday that they were designating Figgins for assignment.

According to Greg Johns of, the Mariners decided to part ways with Figgins because of his lack of production and to make room on their roster for other players.  Seattle has ten days to trade Figgins, release him, or outright him to Triple-A.  It is likely that he'll be released.

There were questions throughout the 2012 season about Figgins health.  He did not hit the disabled list at all this past season, but he only played in 66 games.  He hit a paltry .181/.262/.271.  In 2011, he was injured at times and still played more games.  Figgins played 81 games in 2011, but he hit just .188/.241/.243.

The Mariners will owe Figgins the $8 million guaranteed on his contract, but they will get out of paying him a $9 million vesting option for the 2014 season.  Had Figgins made it to the plate 600 times for the Mariners next season, the option would have automatically kicked in.

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