It's Official: Chone Figgins Signs Four-Year Deal With Mariners

Chone Figgins has officially signed with Seattle in one of the bigger moves of the early MLB off-season.

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Mariners Officially Sign Chone Figgins

It took a few days, but Chone Figgins is officially a Seattle Mariner — barring a physical, of course:

One of the worst-kept secrets of baseball’s Winter Meetings was finalized Tuesday as the Seattle Mariners announced the signing of free-agent infielder Chone Figgins to a four-year deal.

The contract also carries an option for a potential fifth season in 2014.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Associated Press has reported the contract at $36 million, with a possible vested option for another $9 million for the fifth season.

Figgins will most likely hit second in the lineup and play third base, although he can play almost any position in the field.


Chone Figgins Reportedly Headed to Seattle

Though it's been rumored frequently over the past week, it is now being reported that All-Star third basemen Chone Figgins will be packing up and taking his services up the west coast to Seattle.  The most recent report of Figgins' move is the first that includes numbers.

The Mariners and Figgins have reached a preliminary agreement on a $36 million, four-year contract pending a physical, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Friday night.

The contract for the former Los Angeles Angels sparkplug includes a vesting option for 2014 that could make the deal worth $45 million over five years.


Figgins recently dropped his asking price to $36 million over four years, not too far from the $32 million the Mariners were offering intially, reports's Jon Heyman. Seattle also had offered $27 million over three years if Figgins preferred the slightly shorter option. The Angels were unable to match either offer, according to Heyman.

Figgins arrival in Seattle will, without a doubt, lead to the departure of Adrian Beltre whose success with the Dodgers never translated in Seattle or the American League.

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