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Figgins, not Bay, a Mariner

12.08.09 at 5:13 pm ET

Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik just announced the signing of free agent Chone Figgins, who he said will receive a four-year deal with a team option for the fifth.

One interesting note is that Zduriencik said that “exactly where he plays has yet to be determined”. It is believed Figgins will hit second for the Mariners.

As for part of the media get-together with Zduriencik that Red Sox fans really care about — whether or not Seattle will go hard after Jason Bay — the Mariners’ GM would only vaguely allude to his team’s continued quest for pop in the lineup.

“Certainly we love to have players with power,” Zduriencik said. “You love to have them all over your ballpark. But this is a unique ballplayer … We signed this player because we know who he is is.”

Zduriencik also added regarding having to potentially make up for the power of third baseman Adrian Beltre, “We love would to have it, there’s no question about it,” the GM said regarding the quest for power in the Mariners’ lineup. “We’ve had some discussions about acquiring power. Where that takes you, we’ll see. There’s a lot of ways to win ballgames. You can win them with power, you can win them with defense, and you can win them with speed. Certainly if we can add the combination of all them that would be fantastic. Sometimes the things you really want to do, the opportunity doesn’t present itself. You take the best options and run with it.”

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