Now Commenting On:

{"event":["spring_training" ] }

Marlins release utility infielder Figgins


JUPITER, Fla. -- On a youthful Marlins' squad, Chone Figgins was viewed as a candidate to bring the team a veteran presence.

The 35-year-old super utility player is widely respected for his work ethic and ability to play pretty much any position on the field.

But at a time when the team is making tough decisions, Figgins had his hopes of becoming a Marlin end on Wednesday afternoon.

After the Marlins' 7-5 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday, the team released Figgins, reducing its number of players in camp to 42.

Figgins signed as a non-roster invitee on Feb. 8. A switch-hitter, Figgins has been competing for a backup spot.

In Grapefruit League play, Figgins batted .308 (8-for-26).

Releasing Figgins enhances Nick Green's chances of making the team as the primary middle infielder. Green also is a non-roster invitee. The fact that Green plays a solid defensive shortstop is working to his advantage.

Other middle infield candidates are Chris Valaika and Matt Downs, both non-roster invitees.

Figgins broke in with the Angels in 2002, and he's a .277 career hitter.

In 2007, he batted .330.

Figgins was with the Mariners from 2010-12, and he's struggled the past two years, batting .181 in 166 at-bats a year ago.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less

{"event":["spring_training" ] }
{"event":["spring_training" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español