The deal for the former Los Angeles Angels sparkplug
includes a vesting option for 2014 that could make it worth $45 million over
The 31-year-old Figgins is coming off one of his best
seasons. He led the American League with 101 walks and posted a career-high
on-base percentage of .395, earning a late spot on his first All-Star squad when
he replaced an injured Evan Longoria in July.
Figgins batted .298 with five homers and 54 RBIs as Los
Angeles won its third consecutive AL West title. The diminutive speedster scored
114 runs, second in the league to Boston's Dustin Pedroia, and stole 42 bases.
He is a .291 career hitter who has averaged 48 steals during eight major league
seasons, all with the Angels.
Figgins gives Seattle a formidable duo at the top of its
batting order with nine-time All-Star Ichiro Suzuki. Versatile on defense, he is
expected to replace free-agent slugger Adrian Beltre at third base for the
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