The Miami Marlins further addressed their infield depth, adding ex-Mariner Chone Figgins on a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training.
If Figgins, 35, makes the 25-man roster the Marlins would only owe him the $490,000 league minimum. The Mariners released Figgins in November despite owing him $8 million in 2013. Figgins originally signed a four-year, $36 million free-agent deal before the 2010 season.
A product of Brandon (Fla.) High School, Figgins spent his first eight major-league seasons with the Angels. He was an All-Star and finished 10th in American League Most Valuable Player balloting in 2009 before cashing in with the Mariners.
His Seattle tenure was a colossal disappointment. In 308 games (1,056 at-bats), Figgins batted .227. Since he couldn’t get on base as often, Figgins couldn’t maintain the prolific base-stealer status he earned in Anaheim.
Figgins has logged more innings at third (5,260-2/3) than any other position in the majors and could serve as an insurance policy for the oft-injured Placido Polanco.
One thing Figgins can boast is defensive versatility. He also has more than 2,200 innings at second and as an outfielder, including 1,986 in center. The only spots Figgins has not played are pitcher, catcher and first.
This is from the Sun-Sentinel and this clip has Mike Redmond addressing the Chone Figgins signing today. States that Figgins and Juan Pierre are buddies, which may help Figgins quite a bit.