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Marlins release Chone Figgins

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Failing to make the Marlins doesn't bode well for Figgins' future. (USATSI)

The Marlins have released utility man Chone Figgins, the team announced Wednesday. They're down to 42 players in camp and will sort through the likes of Kevin Kouzmanoff, Nick Green, Matt Downs and Chris Valaika for bench spots.

Figgins, 35, hooked on with the Marlins after hitting just .227/.302/.283 (68 OPS+) with 57 steals in 308 games for the Mariners from 2010-12. Seattle still owns him $8 million this season, and his original four-year, $36 million deal with the team is among the biggest free-agent busts in baseball history.

Given his reputation -- speed and versatility -- there's a chance that Figgins will catch on somewhere before opening day. He'll have to accept a minor-league deal and might start the season as someone's backup plan in Triple-A, however.

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