Figgins finalizes 4-year deal with Seattle
INDIANAPOLIS — Chone Figgins and the Seattle Mariners have finalized their $36 million, four-year contract.
The deal for the former Los Angeles Angel and Salt Lake Buzz utility player includes a vesting option for 2014 that could make it worth $45 million over five years.
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 and stole 42 bases.
Yankees get Granderson in 3-team trade
INDIANAPOLIS — The New York Yankees, the kings of last year's winter meetings and, consequently, the reigning World Series champions, took control of the baseball world once again Tuesday, acquiring All-Star centerfielder Curtis Granderson in a three-way trade with Detroit and Arizona.
Granderson, who will turn 29 in March, came to the Yankees in return for lefty reliever Phil Coke and young outfielder Austin Jackson (who will go to the Tigers) and young starting pitcher Ian Kennedy (who will go to the Diamondbacks).
None of the clubs formally announced the trade, as the teams were still reviewing the medical records of the players involved. But, as one insider put it, "It's happening."
The deal had everyone talking at the winter meetings, with Yankees officials receiving congratulations from other clubs' front-office personnel, and it sends a ripple through the Yankees, as well, regarding the rest of their offseason plans.