Chone Figgins was expected to give the Seattle Mariners a spark when he signed a $36 million, four-year contract with them in December 2009.
Instead, he was an expensive burden in three lackluster seasons.
The Mariners finally conceded the deal didn't work, designating Figgins for assignment Tuesday night.
Cutting ties with Figgins was one of a number of moves the Mariners made to get their 40-man roster set. The Mariners also designated outfielder Scott Cousins, who was claimed off waivers from Toronto on Nov. 6.
But it was the decision to finally end Figgins' tenure that was most costly.
''At the time of the signing it looked like it was going to be the right thing for all of us,'' Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said. ''He was excited about coming here. ... It just never worked out like he thought and sometimes you just never know why.''
Figgins will be paid the remaining $8 million on a contract that included a $9 million performance-triggered option for 2014.