Marlins ink Mariner castoff Figgins


McClatchy News Service

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 him in November despite owing him $8 million in 2013. Figgins originally signed a four-year, $36 million deal.

Figgins spent his first eight 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 M’s.

His Seattle tenure was a colossal disappointment. In 308 games, 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 can boast is defensive versatility. The only positions Figgins has not played are pitcher, catcher and first.