Figgins Wants Out Of Seattle

Three quarters of the way through a disappointing four-year contract, Chone Figgins wants out of Seattle. The 34-year-old utility player told John Hickey of SportsPressNW.com that he’d prefer not to play for the Mariners any longer (Twitter link).

"I can't take two more years of this," Figgins said.

Figgins' four-year, $36MM contract includes an $8MM salary in 2013 and a $9MM vesting option for 2014. He appeared in 66 games this year, posting a .181/.262/.271 batting line in 194 plate appearances. Figgins played third base and all three outfield positions, but appeared in Just four games from September on.


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101 Comments on "Figgins Wants Out Of Seattle"


2 years 11 months ago

Pretty easy Chone. Opt out. Boom, you’re a free agent.

Joe
2 years 11 months ago

He wants out of seattle, not the $8 million guaranteed money

Shane McMahon
2 years 11 months ago

That’ll never happen….this clown won’t get anywhere near the amount in free agency that his contract will pay.

CowboyJames
2 years 11 months ago

He knows that. What he’s saying is “I dont care about the money, I would like a fresh start to see if I can turn it around or if I really do suck”

davbee
2 years 11 months ago

Figgins can’t “opt out”–the option automatically vests if he hits certain performance numbers.

Karkat
2 years 11 months ago

I feel like the Mariners would pretty readily let him void the rest of his contract and become a free agent, don’t you think?

Baseball Lifer
2 years 11 months ago

True. But I do not think the players assoc. would allow Figgins/SEA to void the remainder of the contract in this situation.

Karkat
2 years 11 months ago

Not that I actually think Figgins would pass on that money, but if it was mutual, could the MLBPA really do anything?

Baseball Lifer
2 years 11 months ago

Good question. And I dont know. I just dont think the PA would want to open that door.

Karkat
2 years 11 months ago

I’m sure they wouldn’t want to. Since when was the MLBPA actually about doing what was best for the players?

Baseball Lifer
2 years 11 months ago

I just dont think the PA would allow a player to walk away from 8 million dollars when there main focus is $$$. It just seems to me that the PA would perfer a trade instead of voiding a contract. But finding a trade partner would nearly be impossible given Chone’s performance and salary.

melonis_rex
2 years 11 months ago

If Figgins wants to the MLBPA doesn’t have the power to stop it.

Baseball Lifer
2 years 11 months ago

Is this a fact or just specualtion? Afterall, MLBPA is one of the most powerfull unions in existance.

melonis_rex
2 years 11 months ago

Gil Meche and Tsuyoshi Nishioka walked away from guaranteed money.

Also Chipper Jones has a vesting option, but said he was going to void it and retire after this season before it was known that he wasn’t going to meet his vesting option requirements (games played in 2012).

The MLBPA has no real reason to stop players from self-voiding their contracts if they want to retire. It does nothing for the MLBPA or its members.

Baseball Lifer
2 years 11 months ago

So according to your answer it is just specualtion.
Those three players are all completely different situations… Meche retired. Chipper is retiring. And Nishioka went back to Japan. None of which voided there contract and signed with another MLB team. And that is what Figgins would be doing ( by trying to get his contract voided). Chone has also said nothing about retiring. He just wants his 8 million, possible vesting option, and out of SEA.
The MLBPA is in place to prevent things like this (voiding valid contracts) from happening, among other things. Figgins leaving 8 million dollar (possibly more if his option vest) on the table will take money out of the pockets of the association and its memebers. And frankly, unions dont work like that.

johnsilver
2 years 11 months ago

Wayne Garland walked away from 5 years and 1.1m when that amount actually WAS worth something (30 years ago) The union can’t do squat to stop a ball player who puts honor above basic greed.

Marvin Miller was head of the MLBPA union when Garland retired early from injury and left that 5/1.1m on the table.. Miller would make Weiner look like what he actually is when it calls to toughness.

harmony55
2 years 11 months ago

That’s what management wants you to believe.
In what industry does the best performer (Mike Trout) earn the minimum wage with no opportunity to seek a higher wage with another employer?

Da Buddha
2 years 11 months ago

Why is that??? It’s a no win situation if he stays for Seattle, FIggins isn’t going to play….. sooooo, if he really wants to play that bad, he’s going to have to opt out of his contract. Seattle isn’t the one doing anything wrong here…. Figgins has been pathetic… and that’s being mean to the word “pathetic”!

davbee
2 years 11 months ago

Where does it say Figgins is open to voiding his contract and giving up any money already on the table? He wants to leave Seattle–lots of players ask to be traded. Not one of them askes to void their contract and give up $9-$17 million.

Karkat
2 years 11 months ago

Of course he won’t actually. We were speaking in hypotheticals. But I mean if he just CAN’T STAND it, that is a surefire way out :p

corey23
2 years 11 months ago

So is staying alive the minimum ‘performance’?

disqus_qQLhst7cBF
2 years 10 months ago

He has to get 600 at bats in 2013 to vest

Spit Ball
2 years 10 months ago

I’m sure it won’t come to that.

rockiesmagicnumber
2 years 11 months ago

I doubt the Mariners are thrilled about 2 more years of it, either.

2 years 10 months ago

LOL. The gaps are so big in Seattle… How come Chone can’t drop one in there ever? His style of hitting was perfect for the ballpark! Deep walls to leg out doubles and triples. Huge gaps… If Figgins can’t succeed in Seattle, he can’t succeed anywhere.

Release candidate anyone?

Raylan Givens' Stetson
2 years 11 months ago

I wonder what makes him think that his option is going to vest.

2 years 11 months ago

That is funny; he’s just a little out-of-touch with the reality of his situation.

2 years 11 months ago

Thats good. We cant take much more of it either.

Linutor
2 years 11 months ago

” I can’t take 2 more years of this. “
I’m sure that Seattle feels the same way.

Shane McMahon
2 years 11 months ago

Then give back the money your final year calls for and hit the open market to see if you can come close to “sniffing” that amount as a free agent. Wants his cake and eat it too.

Karkat
2 years 11 months ago

“I can’t take two more years of this” –Jack Zduriencik

MLB_in_the_Know
2 years 11 months ago

Figgins, if you had class, you would pull a Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

Tko11
Tko11
2 years 11 months ago

And we all know thats not happening.

Karkat
2 years 11 months ago

Figgins : class :: his first name : Sean

FS54
2 years 11 months ago

no wonder I flunked SAT.

Karkat
2 years 11 months ago

Well, they got rid of analogies (the year I took it, aha! They were still on the GRE though >.>), so future generations might not even get that joke :(

Trout Almonte
2 years 11 months ago

BRef lists his full name as Desmond DeChone Figgins.

Talk about strange names.

disqus_qQLhst7cBF
2 years 10 months ago

His name is Chone

NomarGarciaparra
2 years 11 months ago

Please tell that to John Lackey as well.

Da Buddha
2 years 11 months ago

ABSOLUTELY! But, he is obviously without class. I mean, earlier this year the guy filled in for a player who got injured during a game and had two hits… then he went on saying to a reporter, “I can hit, that I can do!”……….. He then went hitless for his next 15 at bats. Talk about a serious chump!

Arik Goldsmit
2 years 11 months ago

Something good is happening to the M’s? I think hell is freezing over.

They wanted him gone after year one!

bobbylu
2 years 11 months ago

“I can’t take two more years of this” –The Fans

LazerTown
2 years 11 months ago

It’s not like he will be a starter to begin with if he gets traded.

Raylan Givens' Stetson
2 years 11 months ago

Retire.

Raylan Givens' Stetson
2 years 11 months ago

Then you can move to wherever you want.

Tko11
Tko11
2 years 11 months ago

.181/.262/.271 Highly doubt that he will be a starter anywhere. If he really wants out so bad then let him void his contract but he obviously wont do that because he wants his $8 million.

HalosFan8
2 years 11 months ago

Angels will take him back for Vernon Wells if the vesting option is voided haha

TigerFan1968
2 years 11 months ago

As a professional Figgins should continue to prepare and play as hard as he can in 2013. In 2014 someone may pick him up as a utility player for the major league minimum.

Rabbitov
2 years 11 months ago

Figgins retirement. Calling it.

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
2 years 11 months ago

Nah, the Dodgers will gladly pick up his contract. :p

BobSmith77
2 years 11 months ago

Yeah he’s going to retire and give up a year’s worth of pay.

2 years 11 months ago

Mets will take figgins for Jason Bay, and I’m pretty sure Bay lives near Seattle.

Nazara
2 years 11 months ago

That may be the one trade proposal the Mets get to laugh at involving Jason Bay.

macdice
macdice
2 years 11 months ago

I would do the deal if the Mets agree to pay any difference in salary that Bay is scheduled to earn.

joe dittmore
2 years 11 months ago

yes bay lifes in spokane wa only 5hrs away to seattle wa

joe dittmore
2 years 11 months ago

bay for figgy why not

fbxMsfan
2 years 10 months ago

oddly enough that idea was discussed early in the season on the Mets board…apparently the GM,s weren’t listening…

sourbob
2 years 11 months ago

It would really help Figgins in his quest for a new home if he were still good at baseball.

johnnynewguy
2 years 11 months ago

Seriously, what happened to him?

Robert Berner
2 years 11 months ago

I never liked this guy, and now I know why.

Rabbitov
2 years 11 months ago

You must have a high tolerance for people if it took this long.