Originally posted on Seattle Times  |  Last updated 2/21/12
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 to do with the whole notion of "sunk costs" and how the Mariners should be prepared to just jettison Figgins and move on. Sorry, just can't let that one go. We've been having this discussion since the end of the 2010 season and I think it bears repeating. Teams don't just chuck $20 million, or $30 million out the window. Certainly not teams like the Mariners, with sub-$100-million payrolls. The owners of those teams don't look kindly upon general managers who cost them that amount of money. As I said yesterday, for every five good moves a GM makes, they can be negated by a single free agent contract gone bad. In the ...
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