Marlins release veteran Figgins
JUPITER, Fla. — Chone Figgins’ hopes of hooking on with the Marlins have ended.
After the Marlins’ 7-5 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday, the team released Figgins, reducing their number of players in camp to 42.
Figgins, 35, signed as a non-roster invitee on Feb. 8. As part of his deal, he had an opt-out date of March 6.
“It’s all good,” Figgins said. “I showed them I could still play.”
Figgins added that he doesn’t know what his next option is.
The switch-hitting utility player was competing for a backup spot. In Grapefruit League play, Figgins batted .308 (8-for-26).
Figgins broke in with the Angels in 2002, and in 2007, he batted .330.
Releasing Figgins enhances Nick Green’s chances of making the team as a non-roster invitee. Chris Valaika and Matt Downs are other utility options.
– Joe Frisaro