Seattle Mariners Will Pay Chone Figgins to Go Away

Thomas HolmesCorrespondent IIINovember 21, 2012

May 6, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman Chone Figgins (9) fields a ground ball against the Chicago White Sox in the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Finally, the long nightmare is over—Chone Figgins is out. 

Chone Figgins may have come to Seattle with good intentions, but he will leave as arguably the worst free agent acquisition in Mariners history.

It was a marriage that quickly went downhill, beginning with the disastrous 2010 campaign and seemed only to get worse with the passage of time. Even when both sides tried to salvage the situation, it failed.

Remember back in spring training this year when the M's cooked up the plan to hit Figgins in the leadoff spot with the hopes it could revive his career? 

It didn't—and given that general manager Jack Zduriencik had run out of options, especially with the need to finalize the team's 40-man roster—it was time to cut the cord. 

On some level you have to figure that even Figgins, in addition to Zduriencik, was relieved to be free of the whole ordeal. 

Figgins can now get on with his life and so can the Mariners, they also shipped outfielder Trayvon Robinson to Baltimore for Robert Andino on Tuesday.

In a trade most of us will forget about by the time we start to pick at the Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge late Thursday night, the Mariners acquired a 28-year-old utility man who may be able to swing above the Mendoza line.  

Meanwhile, Robinson's stay with the M's was all too brief given his promising start when he first arrived in Seattle. 

Unfortunately, he never really fit within the grand scheme of what the Mariners had in mind when they traded for him. Here's to hoping that he gets the chance to shine in Baltimore—it certainly wouldn't be the first time the M's had that happen.    

Time will tell, but for now I'm not about to get my hopes too high on Andino or the Mariners other acquisition this offseason, Scott Cousins. 

You get the feeling that Zduriencik will continue mining the depths of mediocrity this winter in search for diamonds within a mountain of coal. 

On some level it's admirable that the M's front office is trying to make the most of the situation, on others it's a bit desperate and doesn't inspire much hope. 

Whether the team will sign or trade for someone significant remains to be seen, but with Figgins out of the picture (but sadly still on the payroll) perhaps Jack Z will feel liberated enough to make a big move at some point once again.

Perhaps these moves are all part of a bigger plan and the Mariners are simply getting the minor pieces in place?

We can only hope so. Otherwise, it's going to be a long, cold winter.