UPDATE: The Mariners have sent Casper Wells to Triple-A and activated Miguel Olivo from the DL.
The Mariners are four games under .500 and sit third in the AL West, but this post is about something even bigger than that, the return of catcher Miguel Olivo.
Olivo, on the 15-day disabled list since early May with a groin strain, is expected to join the club for the game tonight against the Angels. This means a roster move is in the works, and even though Larry Stone of the Seattle Times believes it could be Casper Wells on the way out, one wonders if it’s finally time to say good bye to Chone Figgins.
Figgins, who signed a four year deal worth $36 million with the Mariners in the winter of 2009, has been a major disappointment to say the least. Coming off an All-Star season with the Angels in 2009, hitting .298 with a .356 BABIP and posting a 6.0 fWAR, Figgins couldn’t get it going in Seattle, and now he’s possibly involved in a discussion by management to end this marriage.
2010 fWAR: 1.1
2011 fWAR: -1.2
2012 fWAR: -0.9
This season, he’s played in only 29 of the 46 games, posting a slash line of .180/.245/.280, with a BABIP of .229, way off from his career slash line of .278/350/.366 and .327 BABIP. Figgins is making $9 million this season, owed $8 million next, and has a vesting option for 2014 for $9 million, that kicks in with 600 plate appearances in 2013 (so no chance on that one!)
Could this be the end? If not, it’s got to be close.