Chone Figgins, the overpaid professional bench-warmer, no longer wears a Mariners uniform. It’s the moment fans have been waiting for since his promising .298 average and $36M contract began to sour over three subpar seasons in Seattle.
Now, the Mariners have ten days to trade or outright Figgins before his inevitable release. The team is also prepared to absorb the rest of Figgins’ contract, a sizable $8M through 2013. From MLB.com’s Greg Johns:
“These decisions are driven by what a player does on the the field and when you get to the point he may no longer be part of this club going forward , you have to make decisions,” said general manager Jack Zduriencik. “He just became an expendable piece and that’s just it. That’s the end of the story.”
Scott Cousins has also been designated for assignment, just two weeks after the Mariners claimed him off waivers. This will be the third DFA he’s received from an MLB team in the past two months.
To fill out the 40-man roster, the team promoted MiLB pitchers Bobby LaFromboise, Anthony Fernandez, and Brandon Maurer, infielder Vinnie Catricala, and outfielder Julio Morban. Should Jack Z have anymore surprises up his sleeve this offseason, the roster will be reshuffled as needed.