Chone Figgins designated for assignment by Mariners

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Mariners cut ties with Figgins after three disappointing seasons.

The Seattle Mariners designated Chone Figgins for assignment on Tuesday. He had one more year remaining on the four-year, $36 million contract he signed in December of 2009.

Figgins signed with the Mariners after eight seasons with the Angels. In 2009, he hit .298/.395/.393 with 30 doubles, 42 stolen bases and 183 hits. He never came close to that production with the Mariners.

He was moved to second base in spring training of 2010 and hit only .259/.340/.306. In 2011, things got even worse for the former All-Star, as he hit .188/.241/.243 in only 81 games.

As the 2012 season got under way, the Mariners decided to let Figgins hit lead-off, where he was very successful with the Angels, and dropped Ichiro Suzuki to third in the order. That plan didn't work out either, as Figgins only hit .181/.262/.271 in just 66 games.

Figgins, 34, is a career .277/.349/.364 hitter with 337 stolen bases.

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