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Big news coming out of Mariners camp early on, as Ichiro Suzuki is apaprently going to be losing his spot at the top of Seattle's order. Reportedly replacing him will be the much-maligned former big name free agent Chone Figgins. Now, on the surface, this immediately looks like a disaster. I mean, Ichiro is a guy who's a lock to hit .300 every year and get on base at a decent clip with good speed. Figgins is the bane of many Mariners' fans existence, slagging along halfway through his contract with Seattle and looking nothing like the player he was with the Angels. But in his prime with LA, Figgins was a hell of a player. He had seven straight seasons of at least 30 steals (including 2010 with the Mariners) and had OBPs above .350 five times. That's pretty solid. But compare him to Ichiro, who during his 11 year career, has hit under .300 and had an OBP under .350 just once in his career, which came last season. He's also stolen at least 30 bases in all but one...
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