INDIANAPOLIS – Chone Figgins is moving to the Seattle Mariners — and perhaps a new position.
The former Los Angeles Angels sparkplug finalized his $36 million, four-year contract with Seattle on Tuesday, a deal that includes a vesting option for 2014 that could make it worth $45 million over five years.
Figgins, however, might not necessarily replace free-agent slugger Adrian Beltre at third base.
"He's open to playing anywhere in the infield," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "There's still some moving parts here. You know, at the end, if he's our third baseman, we'll be very happy."
The 31-year-old Figgins was primarily a third baseman in each of his last three seasons with the Angels. But he has played 113 major league games at second base and 27 at shortstop.
"They still have to make some decisions," Figgins said by telephone Tuesday night, adding that his conversation with Zduriencik left him figuring he would probably play second base if not third.
Mariners second baseman Jose Lopez, an All-Star in 2006, batted .272 with 25 homers, 96 RBIs and 42 doubles this year. But he walked only 24 times in 653 plate appearances and finished with a .303 on-base percentage.
Figgins, a diminutive speedster, hit .298 with five homers and 54 RBIs as Los Angeles won its third consecutive AL West title. Beltre had 25 or 26 homers in three straight seasons before dropping to eight this year during an injury-plagued campaign.
"Everybody in baseball would love to have three-run homers," Zduriencik said. "We'd love to have power. I mean, there's no question about it. I think we've had some discussions about acquiring power. Where that takes you, we'll see."
Figgins, Mariners finalize $36M, 4-year deal
Posted December 08, 2009 - 07:09 PM
Posted December 08, 2009 - 07:20 PM
What I am gonna miss though, is his speed. Look for Bobby Abreu to be the leadoff man. Him, or Aybar.
Posted December 09, 2009 - 02:30 PM
Posted December 14, 2009 - 06:44 PM
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Posted December 17, 2009 - 05:56 PM
Lee, your next.
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