The worst free agent signing of Jack Zduriencik’s career as a general manager signed a 4-year, $36 million deal with the Mariners in 2010 and has batted .227 with four homers and 61 RBIs in 308 games. Initiallly signed to play third base, Figgins now works with the organization as a bench warmer. Occasionally, the Mariners use him as a pinch runner or defensive substitute.
Figgins told John Hickey of Sports Press Northwest, “I can’t take two more years of this.” Figgins is now fed up with playing – or the lack of playing – in Seattle. Through issues at the plate, on the basepaths, and in the clubhouse, Figgins has been a disappointment.
Initially signed as a number two hitter, the Mariners expected his hitting style and speed to work well with leadoff man Ichiro Suzuki. Clearly that has not worked out. Figgins hit .259 in his first year with the Mariners, followed by .188 in 2011, and .181 last season.
The Mariners options are trading him, which may result in eating some of his salary, releasing him and eating all of his salary, waiving him and hoping some team is foolish enough to eat all his salary, demoting him, or working with him to walk away from his contract.