Report: Mariners, Figgins agree to $36 million deal

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The Associated Press has learned that the Mariners and Chone Figgins have come to terms on a four-year, $36 million contract with a vesting option for 2014.
The option is also for $9 million, making the deal potentially worth $45 million.
SI.com’s Jon Heyman reported that the Mariners began the day at $27 million for three years or $32 million for four. The Angels were believed to be offering $24 million for three years. Offers from the Mets and Cubs apparently never materialized, so Figgins settled for just $3 million more per season than Placido Polanco received from the Phillies.
The deal is set to be announced at the start of the winter meetings on Monday.

Bryce Harper is pandering hard to Philly fans

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Bryce Harper hadn’t even addressed his new hometown fans before his Phillies jersey started selling like hotcakes. Since then, he’s said all the expected things. Talking about joining the Phillies, he said, “From day one, it felt right … I always talk about family and being a family, being one unit, and I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. I’m very excited to go into battle with these guys.”

Harper is continuing to pander hard to Phillies fans. Behold his latest Instagram post:

Has anyone ever really longed to see the Liberty Bell?

Harper also famously recreated that Chase Utley scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with actor Rob McElhenney on Twitter:

In Harper’s next post, he will talk about alternating bottles of You-eng-ling beers with glasses of “wooder.” He’ll add that every so often he will treat himself to a steak sandwich with cheese on it, then go home to watch all of the movies in the Rocky series.