Mariners ask Figgins to move back to third base

Since day in December when the Mariners traded Jose Lopez to the Colorado Rockies, the great assumption was that Chone Figgins would shift from second base to his more natural position at third.

For weeks, it remained only an assumption because the team said nothing – until tonight. Gen

eral manager Jack Zduriencik said the Mariners have asked Figgins to move back to third.

“We have talked to Chone about going back to third base and he’s well aware of it,” Zduriencik said. “His response was, ‘Fine, I’ll do what is best for the club.’”

Figgins, who played 161 games last year at second base in his first season with the Mariners, has played the majority of his career at third. Moving him back there basically makes third base the most secure spot on the Mariners’ infield.

Justin Smoak goes into spring training as the first baseman, although he must avoid the hitting slump that earned him a ticket back to Class AAA Tacoma not long after he came to the Mariners in the Cliff Lee trade last year with the Rangers.

Jack Wilson is the shortstop but, because of injuries, has played only 92 games in 1½ seasons since coming to the Mariners. The Mariners acquired Brendan Ryan, a superb shortstop, from the Cardinals this offseason and he’ll be first in line if (or when?) Jack Wilson goes down.

Ryan has played 59 of his 404 big-league games at second base, so there’s a good chance he’ll be on that side of the bag come opening day.

“I’ve been told he’s very good over there,” Zduriencik said.

Zduriencik didn’t hesitate to mention Josh Wilson, who has filled in well at second, third and shortstop for the Mariners the past two years. Interestingly, Zduriencik didn’t mention the guy everybody expects to be the Mariners’ second baseman of the future (possibly by opening day if he has a monster spring training) – Dustin Ackley. There’s a strong feeling that Ackley, who played second base last year for the first time in his career, needs more time in the minors.

“When Jack Wilson is healthy, he’s a very, very good shortstop,” Zduriencik said. “We know that Brendan Ryan was rated one of the top defensive shortstops in the National League last year. And we’ve got Josh Wilson, who played a lot for us. We’ll see what happens and let it all play out.”

Talk to us

More in Sports

Seattle Mariners’ Dylan Moore follows watches his solo home run during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Seager’s slam one of 3 Seattle homers in 10-2 win at Texas

Kyle Lewis and Dylan Moore also homer as the M’s snap the Rangers’ three-game winning streak.

Silvertips’ season delayed further due to pandemic

The WHL announced Thursday that the target start date for the 2020-21 season is now. Dec. 4.

Mariners held to one hit in loss to Rockies

The offense and bullpen continue to struggle as Seattle falls 5-0 for its third straight defeat.

Emerald Sound Conference opts to start play during Season 2

The 14-team league will make its debut in Season 2 with basketball and wrestling.

Meet the M’s pitcher who went from rural Minnesota to the bigs

How Mariners reliever Joey Gerber went from playing small-town ball to facing Albert Pujols.

Seahawks hope for sophomore surge from 2019 draft

Seattle is hoping for more from its 2019 draft picks in Year 2

No charges for Seahawks’ Dunbar in armed robbery case

The Broward State Attorney’s office cites ‘insufficient evidence’ as the reason for not pursuing the case.

Loyd rises to occasion in Storm’s win over Mercury

The two-time WNBA All-Star hits five 3-pointers and finishes with 20 points as Seattle wins 74-68.

Dustin Johnson emerges from a pack to lead PGA Championship

He fires a 5-under 65 to take a one-shot lead into the final round at Harding Park.

Most Read