Chone. It’s prounounced “yes”

No more unfair expectations of home runs from our 3B

As a Mariner fan, it’s an unusual feeling to trumpet my team’s adventures in free-agent signings (see: Richie Sexson, Carlos Silva, Rich Arulia).  But it looks like the Mariners are signing Chone “play anywhere and do so pretty well” Figgins to a four-year deal.  We now have two of the best leadoff hitters in the game.  Find us a player to knock them in, and we’re in business.

Figgins walked 101 times last season.  Off the top of my head, I think that was more walks than the entire Mariners infield drew last season.  I guess if you want to improve OBP and you can’t sign Bobby Abreu, you sign somebody who hangs out with Bobby Abreu.

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