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Millwood’s pitching, Liddi’s slam & Figgins’ future

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on May 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm with 11 Comments »
May 23, 2012 5:12 pm

The Seattle Mariners rode six shutout innings from Kevin Millwood and a grand slam for rookie Alex Liddi today to a 5-3 win over the Texas Rangers, allowing them to take two games in their three-game set.

Now come the Los Angeles Angels and the battle to get or stay out of the American League West cellar.

The more intriguing aspect of this weekend may be the return of veteran catcher Miguel Olivo, which requires someone be taken off the 25-man roster.

The candidates: rookie Liddi, outfielder Casper Wells and 25th man-on-the-roster Chone Figgins.

When Liddi mangled a fly ball in the left field corner Wednesday, it didn’t help his cause. When he doubled, then hit a grand slam home run to help Seattle win, it may have further secured his position.

Wells is a right-handed hitting defensive specialist, as good an outfielder as the team has. He often replaces Mike Carp or Liddi in left field late in games.

What about Figgins?

It’s a question being asked by players in the Mariners clubhouse. To a man, they like Figgins. The reality, however, is if someone has to leave to make room for Olivo, why not a player who rarely plays?

The Mariners have better defensive reserves for the infield and outfield. When they’ve needed a pinch runner in recent weeks, it has been Munenori Kawasaki, not Figgins.

 He has started twice in the last 18 games, and in his last 24 games is batting .133.

Yes, there’s a contract that will pay him $17 million this year and next. General manager Jack Zduriencik signed Figgins to a four year deal and has watched him lose his job each of the last 2 ½ seasons.

 So, eat the contract and release Figgins?

That’s a tough admission of failure for any GM, eating $17 million of a deal. Still, it’s one that at least as to be considered.

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. VNHLNFAN says:

    I think you show figgins the door.

  2. fansince1983 says:

    I agree! For those who are worried about the 17 mil…..the way most of the young kids are playing (seager, liddi, carp, and i see saunders getting better over the next 2 yrs), imagine adding up thier salaries + 17 mil. They will be worth the money and you don’t have to bring in a bunch of high priced reclamation projects to fill in for a year. I woundn’t sweat….Z has done better than most seatle GM’s

  3. Kevindot1 says:

    Dump Figgins!!,

  4. wabubba67 says:

    Three new posters (interestingly, after Divish took over for a few days)…welcome! We’ll see if Larry will be able to keep you around in the long term, or if your fate will resemble that of Figgins.

  5. It’s a no-brainer to me….see ya Figgy. He’s not doing anything except taking up space and breathing valuable air.

  6. Liddi as everyday dh. Dump Figgins. Montero as everyday catcher. Olivo on the bench as a late inning d replacement & trade him asap.

  7. bbnate420 says:

    I think the better question is who goes when Guti comes back in a month and if Peguero keeps raking? Figgins has to go when Olivo comes back. My guess is that Wells goes down when Guti comes back. Carp better knock the rust off or Peguero will be nipping at his heels. I hope Carp heats up and they trade Olivo to make room for Peguero. This team needs the offense.

  8. Misunderestimated says:

    Go young and let them play.
    Dump Figgins, trade Olivo, trade Guti.
    If we let the kids play this year and earn their stripes, we are still looking at a possible .500 season, and next year they can contend.
    Bye Figgi, bye Oli, bye Guti.
    Tired of can’t hit, sub-200 avgs, and always finding a way to get paid to be sick…
    Let the kids play; let’s win the future

  9. alaskafan says:

    The Mariners and Jack Z. Have to admit that Figgins has been a $30plus million dollar mistake, eat the last 17 million dollars of his contract, and MOVE FORWARD.

  10. Its a no brainer but this is seattle remember,where common sense does not apply.

  11. Speaking of trades, I’ll be amazed if Millwood lasts through the trade deadline He’s got to have value to a contender at this point.

    What is it going to take to get Z to admit he F’d up on Figgins? And as I mentioned yesterday, I agree with others that Olivo needs to be traded.

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