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July 31, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Mariners did not “shop” Chone Figgins to the Braves: Atlanta source

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There’s a rumor going around, after a tweet put out by ESPN, that the Mariners tried to trade Chone Figgins to the Braves. From what I’ve been told, from a pretty good source in Atlanta, that’s not true.
Turns out, it was the Braves who first approached the Mariners yesterday and asked about a Figgins deal. From what the source told me, the Mariners said Figgins was not available.
It’s not surprising that the Braves would try to get their hands on Figgins. After what happened just over a week ago with Don Wakamatsu and the overall numbers Figgins has put up, there’s a perception amongst teams that his value has come down.
That usually brings out teams looking to snatch a good piece for considerably less than they might normally pay.
“He’s not exactly having a great year,” my source said.
No, he’s not. But he’ll be having it with the Mariners for the time being.


No, this wasn’t another media guy I was talking to.
Figgins and I chatted briefly about the rumor and he told me he hadn’t even heard it yet. I told him what my source had told me and he laughed.
David Aardsma and Brandon League are still here. Aardsma seemed bemused by the day’s events and asked me about the rumor of him going to the Giants for Pablo Sandoval. Aardsma pointed out that it was Giants GM Brian Sabean who first drafted him back in 2003.
On to non trade deadline news, Matt Tuiasosopo is the starting third baseman tonight and will bat eighth. He’d yet to arrive when I was downstairs in the clubhouse.
Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said the move was for the short-term with Jose Lopez still bothered by that hamstring. I’m thinking that if Tuiasosopo does anything special, it might become a longer-term move.
Justin Smoak, as you read earlier, is heading back to Class AAA. It was just yesterday that Wakamatsu said this wasn’t like a Michael Saunders situation and that he felt Smoak could take things day by day in the majors with time off to work on some things.
Now, less than 24 hours later, Smoak is shipped to the minors. I asked Wakamatsu about the discrepancy.
“It was an organizational decision,” he said, without elaborating further.
OK, then.
By the way, David Pauley will be skipped in the rotation, with Monday’s off-day, and be available out of the bullpen next week.
I’ve got to run. Going on the FSN Mariners BP show shortly. Be back in a bit.

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