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Chicago White Sox v Seattle Mariners

The Chone Figgins era in Miami has come to end before it ever had a chance to begin. Figgins’ stock has taken quite a dive since he put up a 6.9 fWAR season with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2009. The 35-year old was employed by the Seattle Mariners since 2010 to the tune of four-years/$36 million, but he became a permanent fixture on the club’s bench last season, which led to his release in November.

The Miami Marlins signed Figgins to a minor league deal, which included an invite to Spring Training in February. Don’t cry for Chone Figgins, as he earned a lot of money over the last few years to more or less sit on the bench. It’s not necessarily the end of the line for Figgins as an MLB player, although, it probably is. Figgins hit .181/.262/.271 with two home runs in 194 plate appearances with the Mariners in 2012.

Chone Figgins is no longer a Mariner. Seattle designated the infielder/outfielder/pariah for assignment yesterday, eating the final $8 million on his contract. In addition to no longer being a Mariner, Chone Figgins is no longer a man – he is living, breathing cautionary tale. A beacon of woe for all teams dreaming big as they dip their collective toes into the frigid waters of free agency.

Not only does Chone Figgins now embody a waving flag of warning for the perils of free agency, he represents what can happen when a club wrongly assesses their own place in the world. Tread lightly, Orioles and A’s of the world – yours is a path travelled many times before.

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