Why Austin Kearns and Not Chone Figgins?

The Marlins made Austin Kearns a part of their 2013 roster but released Chone Figgins and frankly, it leads to some serious head scratching. Look, these aren't the deals that will necessarily make a difference in the Marlins being competitive or not but it does display the team's thinking a bit. In Kearns, the Marlins retain a guy who has had a poor spring. He is 4 for 37 (.108) with no extra … [Read more...]

Marlins Spring Training 2013: Demotions, Lawsuits, and Other Notes

Looks like I was wrong about Chone Figgins. Despite hitting .318 this spring with the Fish, he is not viewed as a valued asset over other options the Marlins have in house. He was released by the Marlins this past Wednesday, leaving the team with 42 players left in camp. That means that Figgins could not displace Nick Green, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Matt Downs, and Chris Valaika as an option. Figgins … [Read more...]

Marlins Spring Training 2013: Observations vs Mets 3/16

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A couple of things are standing out to me while watching this game against the Mets today in Port Saint Lucie. Kevin Slowey has solid stuff. That 5th starter spot is going to be a tough decision with Wade LeBlanc, John Maine, Alex Sanabia, and Slowey in the mix. They might just have to keep all of them around to give the Fish more options for starting pitching if young arms aren't quite up to … [Read more...]

Marlins Spring Training 2013: Key Battles Emerging for CF, 5th Spot in Rotation, IF

The Marlins spring is really getting some notice around baseball. This is a team that has purged payroll, yet again, and has reverted back to a youth movement. Although this has netted much criticism from fans, it does seem to have promise for the immediate future. The Marlins are winning games and playing highly competitive baseball at all positions. They are getting solid pitching … [Read more...]

Friendship in minors between Juan Pierre, Chone Figgins blossoms into long-term bond in majors

After 15 years apart, the two buddies have been reunited by the Marlins, who brought back Pierre on a one-year deal and signed Figgins to a minor-league contract after he was released by the Mariners with $8 million still owed to him this coming season. The two players share much in common. Each is 35. Both were born and raised in the South, Pierre in Louisiana and Figgins in Georgia. Both … [Read more...]

Spring Training: Stories of Redemption and Reclamation Many with Marlins

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Just looking over the roster for Spring Training with the Marlins, many will recognize some of the faces but many will also fail to recognize many more. There are some familiar ones: Juan Pierre, Giancarlo Stanton, Ricky Nolsaco. There are many that will need some guidance for fans: Alfredo Silverio, Sam Dyson, Joe Mahoney. Yet one thing is consistent this spring; no matter who is in camp it is … [Read more...]

Re-evaluating the Marlins and Blue Jays Trade

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The Marlins recently signed Chone Figgins to a minor league contract. This guy, back in 2009, was an MVP candidate for the Angels as he was a one-man wrecking crew getting on base, stealing bases, and scoring runs. His stint in Seattle, however, was a disaster. One of the heavy criticisms this offseason has been that the Marlins had a fire sale and shipped off their best players for nothing in … [Read more...]

Chone Figgins signs minor-league deal with Marlins

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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 … [Read more...]