The Miami Marlins further addressed their infield depth, adding ex-Mariner Chone Figgins on a minor-league contract with an invite to spring...
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 Figgins in November despite owing him $8 million in 2013. Figgins originally signed a four-year, $36 million free-agent deal before the 2010 season.
A product of Brandon (Fla.) High School, Figgins spent his first eight major-league 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 Mariners.
His Seattle tenure was a colossal disappointment. In 308 games (1,056 at-bats), 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.
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Figgins has logged more innings at third (5,260-2/3) than any other position in the majors and could serve as an insurance policy for the oft-injured Placido Polanco.
One thing Figgins can boast is defensive versatility. He also has more than 2,200 innings at second and as an outfielder, including 1,986 in center. The only spots Figgins has not played are pitcher, catcher and first.
D-backs give Hill
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Aaron Hill have reached a deal that will keep him under contract through the 2016 season.
The deal adds three years and $35 million to his existing deal, which pays him $5.5 million this year. That means the overall contract is worth $40.5 million over the next four years.
General manager Kevin Towers said Hill has become “one of the premier second basemen in the game, not only in the National League but in all of baseball.”
The 30-year-old infielder — Toronto’s first-round draft pick and the 13th selection overall out of Louisiana State a decade ago — hit a career-high .302 with 26 home runs, 44 doubles and 85 runs batted in last season, earning him a Silver Slugger award, the first for a Diamondbacks infielder.
• The New York Mets signed reliever Brandon Lyon to a one-year deal. The right-hander spent last season with the Astros and Blue Jays. He went 4-2 with a 3.10 earned-run average in 61 innings, with a save and 63 strikeouts.
The 33-year-old has played 11 major-league seasons with five teams. He has 79 career saves.
• The St. Louis Cardinals and 2011 World Series MVP David Freese have reached agreement on a one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration.
The third baseman hit .283 with 20 home runs and 79 RBI last season.
• The Pittsburgh Pirates have completed a one-year contract with Francisco Liriano that was delayed after the left-hander injured his non-pitching arm over the holidays.
• All-Star closer Jim Johnson and pitcher Jason Hammel have agreed to one-year contracts with the Baltimore Orioles.
• New York Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said he’s concerned about the latest drug allegations swirling around third baseman Alex Rodriguez, but that the matter is being looked at by Major League Baseball.
Speaking Friday at the Yankees’ minor-league complex, Steinbrenner said the situation is “a concern, but it’s out of our hands.”