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Wells makes way for Olivo; Figgins safe for now

Post by Darrin Beene / The News Tribune on May 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm with 10 Comments »
May 24, 2012 2:08 pm

Catcher Miguel Olivo was activated from the disabled list today, and to make room for him on the active roster, the Mariners sent outfielder Casper Wells to Triple-A Tacoma. That means there is still a place for little-used Chone Figgins with the team.

Figgins has had 14 at-bats in May – zero hits during that span – and just one plate appearance in the last week. The former starter and leadoff hitter has only one start since he was benched by manager Eric Wedge. For the year, Figgins has a slash line of .180/.245/.290 with 29 strikeouts in 100 at-bats.

Olivo, 33, injured his groin in the ninth inning of the April 30 game, a 3-2 loss at Tampa Bay. He was hurt fielding a ball between the mound and home plate. In three rehab games with the Rainiers he went 3-for-13 (.231) including a home run on Wednesday.

Wells became the odd man out, and one reason is because he still has minor league options. Wells is hitting .213 with one homer and six RBI in 47 at-bats over 25 games.

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  1. tchristensen says:

    What’s it going to take to say goodbye to Figgins? Jack Z needs to admit he made a mistake with this guy and cut him loose as he’s only taking up a roster spot. Nothing else.

  2. Here’s hoping Wells tears it up for Tacoma (assuming he gets regular playing time) and forces a return trip to Seattle. Also, that Jack Z finds a team willing to take on a minority stake in Figgins’ contract.

  3. GRRRRRRR. here’s hoping some team will take both Jack Z & Bilbo Figgins.

  4. OK, so you don’t want to cut Figgins and take a bank hit. Its understood…then play him and when he falls below batting .100 and the continued boos of the fans…maybe then you will decide to part with him. He is making an awful lot of money for just sitting on the bench! Cut your loses and take it in the pocketbook. I hate to see Wells getting sent down because he has more options left. He has played more than Figgins lately. The obvious move was ignored!

  5. As someone else pointed out on another thread, we also need to make room soon for Pegeuro. The quintet of Pegeuro, Liddi, Seager, Ackley & Montero all need to play daily. Along with Felix & the AA pitching,they are the future of the M’s as currently constituted.

    Jack Z, YOU FREAKIN’ IDIOT, remember this is a rebuilding year, eh?? And if you’re too stoopid to figure it out, let me tell you us fans are getting really tired of rebuilding years.

    YOU don’t keep deadweight like Froggins in a rebuilding year. Afraid you’ll lose your job over the 17 mil a year? Well you probably should. if i made a 17 mil mistake at work, I wouldn’t just lose my job, I’d be in prison.

  6. bbnate420 says:

    moo, I totally agree except for being in prison for a 17 mil mistake. Wall Street cost the people of this country trillions and they’re all still walking around free. I mentioned Peguero and we also need to make room for Guti at some point hopefully. I still like him if he can finally stay healthy. Seems he has the intestinal issue dealt with at least. Figgins shouldn’t be here regardless of any of this. He just plain sucks right now and, I don’t think he’s ever going to turn it around here. Z, you’re NOT fooling any of the fans. We all know it was a bad signing. If you continue to keep him around, HOPEFULLY you’ll be going with him when he’s finally cut loose!

    JoMo, that’s funny! The only chance of that was IF he had played at east relatively well this year. Batting .180 doesn’t quite qualify.

  7. FishAK, I’d rather have Figgins taking up space on the bench and allowing a player to play than have him playing his role as out/error generator.

    Seriously though, cut him and get someone up who can help the cause.

  8. bbnate, I agree with you on Wall Street; my kinda sirta joke was that a normal person would be in deep doo doo for a 17 mil screw up. Everything seems to roll off the rich, unless they’re really stupid.

  9. Jack, if you keep him and he just sits on the bench, the only thing that buys you is keeping someone else off the team that deserves the chance to play. You think we are all so stupid that we don’t consider it a waste of money if he’s still on the team but does nothing? Cut him. Cut him last year. Cut him last month. Cut him last week. Cut him today. Don’t waste a roster spot for another day.

  10. wabubba67 says:

    What if it’s not Jack’s call to make?

    Moo, the players that you want to receive more time on the field were all either acquired by Z or kept within the organization because he determined that they had value. You can’t have it both ways.

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