Dodgers Will Release Infielder/Outfielder Chone Figgins
One of the best stories coming out of the Los Angeles Dodgers spring training was utility player Chone Figgins making the team after being out of baseball for a year.
Figgins signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers in the off-season and won a roster spot out and travelled to Australia for the Opening Series. The former All-Star was optioned in April but returned to the team in May. He went down with a quad strain in June and never returned to the team.
The Dodgers announced via their official Twitter account that Figgins will become a free agent:
The Dodgers have asked for unconditional release waivers on infielder-outfielder Chone Figgins.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 13, 2014
The 36-year-old participated in 38 games for the Dodgers and hit .217, but had a .373 on-base percentage. Once he went down with injury, the team’s need off the bench changed to a primary shortstop to replace Hanley Ramirez late in games and left Figgins without a role.
Figgins had become a mentor-type to Dee Gordon this year, even wearing an endorsement on the back of his jacket to get Gordon on the All-Star team. While his on-field production may not have been much, Figgins provided the team with veteran leadership and a bright personality that would keep things loose in the clubhouse.
It will be interesting to see if there is a market for Figgins, who has value in his versatility, speed and patience at the plate.
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