The Mariners owe Chone Figgins $17 million over the next two years. Nothing short of a nuclear holocaust/Ned Colletti is going to change that.
The question now becomes what the Mariners do with Figgins, a man who has gone from good to blah to damn-near-unplayable over the course of two short years.
The Mariners could start Figgins at third, the position where he spent most of his time last year. That, however, would block Alex Liddi and Kyle Seager from significant playing time.
Neither is a top-tier prospect, but both deserve a hard look after strong spring performances and both are decidedly not Chone Figgins. That last part is important.
Stationed in center field, Figgins would present a similar dilemma, stealing precious at-bats from youngster Michael Saunders.
Given all that, maybe the M's use Figgins in a garden variety backup role, moving him from station to station as starters require rest.
The possibilities are endless, maybe too endless.
What was once Figgins' strength, his versatility, has become a sort of curse. You can use Chone Figgins anywhere, but you'd really rather not.