|Mariners set 40-man roster as Figgins DFA'd, Robinson traded|
by Rick Randall of SeattleClubhouse.com, November 21, 2012 at 12:02 am ET
Chone Figgins Profile
The Mariners announced tonight the shifting of their 40-man roster ahead of the midnight Eastern time deadline tonight, and the most notable move was the club designating disappointing Chone Figgins for assignment.
Figgins, an All-Star with the Angels who lead the league in walks in 2009 with 101 while posting a .291/.363/.388 career slash in 8 years in Los Angeles signed a 4 year/$36 million dollar free agent contract with the Mariners, but never got his bat going in the Emerald City. He hit just .227/.302/.283 with the M's and played in only 147 games combined in the past two seasons with Seattle, starting only once and appearing in only 4 of the club's final 31 games in 2012. He was never "comfortable" here, being moved out of his customary leadoff spot in the batting order and off of third base defensively in 2010, but even when the M's returned him to his comfort zone, Figgins just didn't perform.
The soon-to-be 35-year-old has clearly lost a step or two and also saw his walk rate drop from 13.9% in 2009 with the Angels down to 6.7% in 2011 while his strikeout rate reached 24.7% in 2012 -- more than 50% worse than his previous high season. Never a power hitter, he saw fewer extra base hits (5.7% with the Angels, 3.8% with the Mariners), saw his infield fly ball rate jump from 9% to 14% and his BAbip did from .341 with LA to .275 for Seattle.
The Mariners and Figgins both were ready to part, with Figgins telling John Hickey of SportsPressNW.com that he, "can't take two more years of this," back in early October. General Manager Jack Zduriencik told the beat media today that he attempted to find a trade partner for Figgins, but that nothing materialized. "I had talked to many clubs, made lots of calls. There was some curiosity, if you will, but I didn't have anyone say they would take him, or it wouldn't have gotten to this point."
Also designated for assignment today was outfielder Scott Cousins, whom the club claimed off of waivers from the Blue Jays two weeks ago. Earlier in the day, the club announced that it had traded outfielder Trayvon Robinson to the Orioles for infielder Robert Andino.
With Figgins, Cousins and Robinson gone and Andino added to the fold, the M's filled the remaining five spots on their 40-man roster with minor leaguers Vinnie Catricala, Anthony Fernandez, Bobby LaFromboise, Brandon Maurer and Julio Morban.
The Mariners 40-man roster now has 22 pitchers, 2 catchers, 10 infielders and 6 outfielders.