It is official. As of this afternoon, Figgins is wearing a Mariners jersey and will bat second behind Ichiro. If Ichiro was not high on your fantasy roster, he should be this year with a patient hitter right behind. The deal will put him in a Mariner uniform for 4 years with an option for a 5th. He will be our everyday third baseman (at the time of this writing) since Beltre did not accept arbitration.
I am beyond pleased with this pickup. Between Ichiro and Figgins, I hope to see at least 75 SBs next year. Now, lets see what the Mariners do with the rest of the batting order this week. I am still holding out some hope for Jason Bay…some.