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

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