Miguel Olivo to Rejoin Mariners
Per Mike Curto on Twitter, Miguel Olivo is not with the Rainiers for their game this morning, and Tacoma will be playing with just one rostered catcher. This means that Olivo’s rehab assignment is over, and he’ll be rejoining the Mariners before their game against the Angels tonight.
That also means that a roster move will need to be made to open a spot for him. As we talked about last week, there are essentially two options: the team can send Casper Wells down to Tacoma and let Alex Liddi take his place as the right-handed hitting part-time outfielder, or they can release Chone Figgins.
Sending Wells down won’t do the team much good. He’s 27 and he’s not going to improve much down in Triple-A, so there’s no real benefit to him to go back to the minors. Liddi’s a work in progress (at best) as an outfielder, and Wells is still the better option to play left field against left-handers, and despite his continuing struggles making contact, he has enough power to be a useful part-time player.
Wells isn’t anything special, but he’s a decent contributor who can help the team. Figgins is, well, not. The only reason he’s still here is his contract, and after a third attempt to try to justify the money he’s making, the reality is that he’s never going to amount to anything in Seattle. The organization isn’t actually gaining any benefit from paying him to sit on the bench, so they might as well use that roster spot to try and extract some value – they’re going to be paying Figgins the same amount regardless.
It’s the only logical move. They could justify sending Wells down, I guess, but by all rights, this should be the end of the Chone Figgins era in Seattle. It was a decent idea that flopped, and now its just time to move on. The M’s need a roster spot and Chone Figgins doesn’t deserve one. This should be the end of the road for him in Seattle.