It seems pretty clear that Chone Figgins' time in Seattle, at least as a guy who receives any sort of playing time, is at or near its end.
As such, this offseason seems like a good time for the Mariners to admit their mistake and shop the maligned third baseman. The Mariners aren’t in a markedly different situation than two years ago when they traded Carlos Silva and cash to the Chicago Cubs for Milton Bradley, and like that trade, they’ll probably have to take on another team’s baggage. However, another element that is vital to these kind of trades is benefit, or potential benefit, for both sides of the trade.
For example, in the Mariners' case, their largest benefit is going to be inserting a person at a position of need, presuming that player's salary over the next two years isn’t significantly greater than Figgins’, that has potential to contribute. But considering the money that Figgins makes, and how poorly he’s played in the last two years, the Mariners may have to get creative.
A team will owe Figgins $17 million over the next two years, and these are some places that could use his services and that have comparable contracts to send back to Seattle.