Chone Figgins is officially the newest member of the Seattle Mariners organization.
The former long-time Los Angeles Angels third baseman finalized his $36 million, four-year deal with the club on Tuesday, including a 2014 option that could bring the total to $45 million over five years.
However, Figgins might not necessarily replace free-agent slugger Adrian Beltre. According to Mariners' general manager Jack Zduriencik, he's willing to play anywhere:
He’s open to playing anywhere in the infield. 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 speedster played mostly third base in each of his last three seasons with the Halos, but has spent 113 big league games at second and 27 at short over his career.
Figgins is coming off a damn good season, too. Aside from an All-Star appearance, he led the American League with 101 walks and put up a career-high .395 OBP of .395, scoring 114 runs (second in the league to Boston’s Dustin Pedroia.) He also snagged 42 bases, just six fewer than his eight-year average.
And having Figgins hit behind perennial All-Star Ichiro Suzuki in the top of the batting order? Not bad at all.
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