MLB Hot Stove: Seattle Moneybags

Could Figgins be holding down third for the M's in 2010? (ATempletonPhoto.com)

On the complete opposite side of the spectrum from my article earlier today regarding the Chicago Cubs bleak financial picture this off season, the Seattle Mariners have been able to unload about half their salary from a year ago.

With Adrian Beltre, Miguel Batista, Jarrod Washburn, Kenji Johjima and Erik Bedard amongst the players that will finally be leaving town and/or coming off the books, the Mariners $98 million payroll will be given an almost $50 million cushion this winter.

This gives the Mariners tons of flexibility to bring on players that can truly help them compete with the Angels in 2010 which is something they have been hoping to do for years.

The Mariners can now work on resigning their slugger Russell Branyon to anchor first base again this year as well as pursue other options like Orlando Hudson at second base and former Angel John Lackey to sure up the rotation and Chone Figgins to take Beltre’s spot at third.

It has been a long time since the M’s had an opportunity to really do things to help their team and I think the fans up in Seattle couldn’t be more excited for the winter ahead.

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