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July 7, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Mariners manager Eric Wedge confirms that Chone Figgins and Jack Cust to play even less

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Ran into Mike Sweeney down on the field. He lives nearby and came here with his little son, Donovan, to say hello to Russell Branyan, who’s now with the Angels but not in tonight’s lineup. Sweeney also chatted with a handful of Mariners and manager Eric Wedge, but the whole team has pretty much changed from 2009 and is radically different from midway through last year when Sweeney was dealt to the Phillies.
Anyhow, before that meetup, we spoke to Wedge, who confirmed that Kyle Seager will get a lot of playing time at third base. Not only that, Adam Kennedy is going to get more playing time at first base and Justin Smoak more at DH. Interesting.
Not if you’re Jack Cust, though. His playing time just got reduced even more. Chone Figgins? Figgedabouitt!
“I talked to Figgins and Cust today, too,” Wedge said. “That’s where they’re going to be the ones that are going to be losing more time. I wanted to talk to them face to face. But you know, things can change in a hurry. They’ve been great teammates, they’ve been pros, they’ve handled this like men. I told them ‘Just keep coming out here and working and we’ll get you in there when we can.’ ”


That’s when I asked Wedge about whether he’s ever had three regulars like this who are on his roster but not playing because there is simply no more room. I mentioned Jack Wilson, Cust and Figgins by name, which is a good thing, because Wedge was admittedly having trouble remembering who the third guy was.
That can’t be good for Wilson.
Wedge gave an answer. He sort of sidestepped the initial question, but did say: “As long as they’re still on board with everything we’re doing and they keep being the way they’ve been in regards to how they’ve handled themselves, they’ll help the younger players.”
He mentioned that Wilson is the backup shortstop — albeit, one who isn’t used despite the regular shortstop batting .206 or so going on five weeks.
Wedge also said he can mix and match and get the other guys some playing time.
But as we discussed earlier, this is a very unconventional way to deploy the 25-man roster. Safe bet that at least one or two of those guys won’t be here in a few weeks.
Figgins? He’s here to stay. Zero trade value and the team won’t cut him loose for nothing with 2 1/2 years to go on his contract.

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