Figueroa has taken a job as a baseball development assistant in the Rays' front office, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
With that, Figueroa has presumably closed the book on his playing career. He's only 29 and appeared in the majors in each of the past three seasons, but apparently he felt this opportunity was best for him long term. Figueroa played nine professional seasons, walking nearly 100 more times than he struck out in 862 career games in the minors.
Figueroa signed with the Marlins on Saturday and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The 29-year-old's defensive versatility -- he can play shortstop, second base and third -- has earned him an opportunity in the Marlins' organization following his departure from Los Angeles, but he will remain in the minors for the time being. Figueroa has hit just .208/.250/.286 in parts of three major league seasons.
Designated for assignment on Friday, Figueroa went through his waiver period unclaimed, but instead of accepting an outright assignment by the Dodgers he elected to become a free agent. The 29-year-old has spent the majority of his 2016 season with Triple-A Indianapolis, a Pirates minor league affiliate, where he compiled a .307/.333/.453 slash line over 20 games. Given his relatively young age and history of success in the minors, it's likely he'll get scooped up by another organization in need of infield depth.
A waiver acquisition from Pittsburgh, Figueroa's tenure on the Dodgers' 40-man roster lasted just over a week. Figueroa is a .208/.250/.286 career hitter at the major league level and was 4-for-26 with the Pirates this year, but he can play three infield positions and may appeal to another organization looking for depth.
Figueroa was claimed by the Dodgers on Tuesday and optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, SB Nation's Eric Stephen reports.
The veteran infielder was recently DFA'd by the Pirates on Friday, but it did not take long for a team to pick him up. The Dodgers swooped in to pick up Figueroa, who can play multiple spots around the infield. Figueroa will start his time with the Dodgers' organization at Triple-A, but he could eventually get promoted should the Dodgers suffer an injury at either second or third base.
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