Dodgers Sign Chone Figgins

FRIDAY: The Dodgers have officially announced the Figgins signing, tweets Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. 

WEDNESDAY: The Dodgers have agreed to sign Chone Figgins to a minor league contract, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports (via Twitter).  ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported earlier this evening that the two sides were close on a deal that includes an invitation for Figgins to join the Dodgers' Major League spring training camp.  Figgins, who celebrates his 36th birthday today, is represented by the ACES agency.

Figgins signed a minor league deal with the Marlins last spring but was released in March, leading him to sit out the 2013 season.  The veteran utilityman was looking to make a comeback and recently worked out for several teams, including the Dodgers.  Figgins played mostly third base and outfield in 2011-12 but he has experience all over the diamond, making him a potentially valuable bench piece if he makes the Los Angeles roster.  Most notably, Figgins could provide depth at second base behind rookie Alexander Guerrero.

Figgins is looking to revive his career after three miserable seasons in Seattle.  He signed a four-year, $36MM free agent deal with the Mariners following the 2009 season but struggled badly, hitting .227/.302/.283 in 1209 PA with the team before being released with one year remaining on his contract.

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