Found February 20, 2012 on Seattle Times:
Kyle Seager is in for an interesting spring. The news yesterday that Chone Figgins will be the team's primary third baseman means Seager will be squeezed for playing time. That time will either come at the major league level on days Figgins isn't manning the bag at third. Or, much more likely, it will come at Class AAA, where he can continue to develop on a daily basis. If a final decision has been made, I'm not aware of it. I'll try to pin some officials down more on this today, but you'd have to think they are leaning towards Seager starting off in the minors at this point -- barring a complete vault to the next level this spring. I chatted with Seager about his expectations going into this year. "They've kind of prepared me for everything,'' he said. "Be ready to play third. Be ready to play multiple positions and then we'll kind of just see where we're at in the end. "But I've been preparing to play multiple positions....

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...

Mariners manager Eric Wedge says playing time will be factor in whether Kyle Seager makes club

The Mariners haven't played a single game this spring, so, clearly, much of the Kyle Seager conversation is speculative at the moment. But many of you have show interest in the topic today, especially when it comes to whether or not the young infielder will break camp. In the end, unless Seager rips the cover off the ball with his bat, his fate -- at least for the early part...

Ichiro loses his leadoff Chone Figgins?

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...

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.

Mariners' Chone Figgins may be bound for leadoff spot

Figgins is feeling healthy again, having rehabilitated a torn hip labrum. And soon he should gain a newfound freedom: a long-awaited return to the leadoff spot in the order where he achieved his greatest success before joining the Mariners two years ago.

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...

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.

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...

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.
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