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Remember Chone Figgins? He’s starting in center field today.

Post by Ryan Divish on May 27, 2012 at 10:32 am with 10 Comments »
May 27, 2012 10:38 am
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While Casper Wells starts today for the Rainiers, the player that forced him to Tacoma – Chone Figgins – will make a rare start today. Figgins will be batting second and playing center field.

When was the last time Figgins started a game?

It was back on May 16 in Cleveland. He went 0-for-3.

Why is he getting the start today?

Well, the Angels are starting lefty CJ Wilson and its a way to give Michael Saunders a day off. And everybody gets to play every once in a while, unless you are Hisashi Iwakuma.

Figgins has played in just seven games in the month of May and hasn’t had a hit since when April 29.

Look, I have no understanding why Chone Figgins is still on the team. As I sad in the radio hit below, I don”t think there is any way that GM Jack Zduriencik or manager Eric Wedge wanted to keep him on the team. He brings little value. Who helps them win games more more, Figgins or Wells? The answer isn’t that tough to come up with. I think that was a decision by president Chuck Armstrong. At some point, the Mariners have to just move on. But when will that be? It’s a baseball decision that will likely be determined by a man who thinks he knows baseball, but doesn’t.

Mariners (21-28)

  • 13  Dustin Ackley (L)      2B
  • 9  Chone Figgins (S)      CF
  • 51  Ichiro Suzuki (L)      RF
  • 63  Jesus Montero          DH
  • 17  Justin Smoak (S)       1B
  • 15  Kyle Seager (L)        3B
  • 16  Alex Liddi             LF
  • 30  Miguel Olivo           C
  • 26  Brendan Ryan           SS

45  Hector Noesi           RHP

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  1. VNHLNFAN says:

    I suspect a warm reception for figgi at the plate.

  2. wabubba67 says:

    Wedge: “Figgins is a super-utility player.” hahaha

    Baker indicated that Texas might be willing to take Figgins at the right price. Is there any possibility that we could give them Figgins and League with the expectation of nothing in retun, other than that the Rangers would pay off both of their contracts (about 15 million for Figgins through 2013 and 3 million for League through 2012)? If MLB won’t go for it, have Texas throw in a couple of low A players with no future.

    Texas is missing a key arm in their bullpen right now, and acquiring League would keep him away from the Yankees (assuming that League recovers). Figgins MIGHT be able to revive his offense in that lineup as a utility player with all of those potent bats in front of and behind him (similar to his days in Anaheim). In return, Seattle would free up 9 million for the 2013 season and an additional 18 million if they don’t re-sign Ichiro…27 million to spend could probably get legitimate veteran bat up here.

  3. westside_guy says:

    Ryan, speaking of days off… did any of you think to ask Wedge about why Olivo has caught so much right after coming back? What happened to “bringing him back slowly”?

    Jaso is, quite obviously, the best catcher on this team. Montero is no worse than Olivo – worse arm, but much better blocker. So why do the media just give Wedge a pass on this stuff?

  4. Jaso took a foul tip off the shoulder that has slowed him down a little. But expect Olivo to play a lot. They are looking to deal him to some desperate team.

  5. wabubba67 says:

    Are there any contending teams out there that need Olivo’s help at catching? Tough to imagine…he’s a poor receiver and a poor hitter (though he does, historically, have some power).

  6. Nationals have lost a few catchers already this season.

  7. westside_guy says:

    Thank you Ryan. I forgot a few teams (e.g. the Nats) are hurting for catchers right now.

    They’d have to be hurting to want a guy hitting .193/.211/.318, for sure. ;-)

  8. God, I hope they trade Olivo.


    Re Armstrong (& Lincoln): after 10 straight years of losing, it would seem they are a big part of the problem.

  9. The other problem I have with Figgins is he’s a HORRIBLE outfielder defensively. At least he can play 3b, but he harms the team on both O & D in the outfield.

    I should have been a baseball player. What other occupation pays you 17 mil for being AWFUL at your job?

  10. bbnate420 says:

    moo, Figgins was also underpaid for numerous years in Los Angeles. Fans like you never seem you mind when a player is underpaid, just get your knickers in a bunch when it’s the opposite. Just sucks that we have to overpay him since we didn’t get any of the benefit of his good years. If Armstrong is truly behind Figgins still being here, then I will give Z some more time with the team. Impossible for us to know. Armstrong and Lincoln need to be gone and so does Z if he has a hand in Figgins still being on the team. If they resign Ichiro and don’t move in the fences at Safeco then I am done with this team until they clean house in the FO!!!!!!

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