Found February 23, 2012 on Fangraphs:
The Seattle Mariners are looking for any way to get some value out of Chone Figgins. Since joining the team, the 34-year-old has been one of the worst regulars in the game. So to salvage what’s left of his contract, the Mariners are making Figgins a leadoff hitter — again. It’s a last ditch effor...

The tale of a man named Chone Figgins

The comeback of the Mariners Chone Figgins is a fairy tale In the recesses of Safeco field at the end of the Seattle Mariners 2011 season sat a man named Chone Figgins. Figgins had been injured by special request from the masses and placed on the disabled list. As he sat there in tears of humiliation he heard a small voice calling out his name. He looked around trying to locate the...

Mariners Breaking News: Figgins to lead off Ichiro now hitting 3rd

Ichiro Has A New Role Reports out of the Seattle Mariners spring training facility in Peoria, Arizona on Tuesday morning have Mariners manager Eric Wedge moving Ichiro Suzuki to the number three spot in the batting order for the upcoming season. Wedge has stated that Ichiro gives the club the best chance at scoring runs this season, a spot that the Mariners desperately need to...

Chone Figgins, the Seattle Mariners and sunk costs

Trying to compete in the AL West over the next several years is not going to be easy for the Seattle Mariners.  The Rangers are overflowing with young talent and new cash inflow.  The Angels have Albert Pujols and a seemingly endless amount of financial resources.  Heck, even the Oakland A's seem like they could be a force to be reckoned with in a few years with Yoenis Cespedes...

Chone Figgins taking all the heat off of Ichiro as Mariners go in bold new direction

We've all heard the stories about how, in many a pro sports locker room, you'll have a veteran player or two who takes the heat off younger players by taking on all the media questions and deflecting blame. Right now, inadvertently or not, the same thing is going on with Chone Figgins and Ichiro. In fact, if the Mariners planned things this way, they'd be accused of brilliance...

Looking Inside Figgins First, Ichiro Third

Today in Peoria, Mariners Manager Eric Wedge confirmed a change that many had thought was imminent for a while now: Ichiro will be dropped to third in the order with Chone Figgins leading off. SeattleClubhouse takes a look at the new Top-3 in the order and examines their hitting tendencies to try and get a feel for what the results may be.

Understanding the limits of "sunk cost" theory when it comes to the Mariners, other ballclubs

Lots of talk the past 48 hours or so about Chone Figgins and the playing time he'll get this year. I went on ESPN 710 Seattle yesterday and chatted with the on-air hosts about Figgins, his contract and what the M's can reasonably expect to re-coup. But there's this line of reasoning I keep seeing cropping up online in both the mainstream media and the blog world. It has...

Mariners confirm Ichiro to No. 3 in order, Chone Figgins to lead off

Mariners manager Eric Wedge just confirmed moments ago that he is moving Ichiro to the No. 3 spot in the batting order to begin the regular season. Chone Figgins will get first crack at replacing Ichiro atop the order. Wedge also said Dustin Ackley is the leading contender to hit second, but others will get a look in that spot as well. "I've done a lot of thinking about...

The Battle For Third

Ok. We need to find out where Kyle Seager fits in the plans for the Seattle Mariners in 2012 don't we? There's three guys trying to grab one spot the way I see it. Chone Figgins, Kyle Seager and Carlos Guillen. Figgins is finally healthy, and we're hearing talk about him possibly hitting lead -off too. Last we heard though Wedge told reporters Monday he had...

M's move Ichiro from leadoff spot, use Figgins

Seattle manager Eric Wedge says he will begin the season having Chone Figgins bat leadoff and hit Ichiro Suzuki third in the Mariners batting order.

Chone Figgins works 10-pitch walk, gets on base twice in Mariners intra-squad affair

PHOTO: Erasmo Ramirez lets fly with a pitch to Vinnie Catricala in today's intra-squad game. Some of the best stuff we witnessed in today's 3-3 intra-squad tie happened at the very beginning of the game. Chone Figgins came up in the bottom of the first inning and worked a 10-pitch walk against Danny Hultzen. Figgins fouled off three two-strike pitches before finally taking...

Baseball notes: Ichiro will hit third; Chone Figgins to lead off?

Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge announced Tuesday he will move Ichiro Suzuki from his traditional leadoff spot to No. 3 in the batting order.

Mariners Ichiro Suzuki Will bat 3rd in 2012

First reported by Geoff Baker from the Seattle Times Mariners blog M's manager Eric Wedge announced today that M's future hall of famer Ichiro Suzuki will indeed bat 3rd in 2012. Geoff reported on his blog that Wedge confirmed the No. 3 spot in the batting order to begin the 2012 regular season. Chone Figgins will get first crack at replacing Ichiro atop the order. ...

Ichiro dropped out of top spot in Mariners' lineup

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Seattle manager Eric Wedge says he will begin the season having Chone Figgins bat leadoff and hit Ichiro Suzuki third in the Mariners batting order.

Trendy ADP Trends

As spring training finally gets underway, we’re going to start seeing some pretty interesting movement in ADP rankings.  Teams are still tinkering with rosters, managers are making some early changes to see how the players respond and players are tweaking aspects of their game, whether it’s trying a new leg kick in the batter’s box or adding a new pitch to the repertoire. ...
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