Mariners release Chone Figgins, eat $8 million salary

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Not surprisingly the Mariners couldn’t find a taker after designating Chone Figgins for assignment last week, so they released him today.

That means Seattle eats the remaining $8 million on his contract for 2013 and Figgins is able to sign with any other team as a free agent.

He ended up hitting .227 with a .302 on-base percentage in three seasons and 308 games for the Mariners after signing a four-year, $36 million deal as a free agent. In the three seasons before that Figgins hit .301 with a .386 on-base percentage in 389 games for the Angels.

And now at age 35 he’ll collect that $8 million salary and probably compete for a bench gig somewhere.

Pirates suspend Keone Kela two games for contract violation

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On Monday, the Pirates announced the club suspended reliever Keone Kela two games for an unspecified contract violation. Kela will begin serving the suspension tonight.

Kela, 26, went on the injured list in early May with a right shoulder injury. He was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis for the last week and a half. Prior to the injury, Kela posted a 4.63 ERA with an 11/4 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings.

After sitting out Monday and Tuesday, Kela can rejoin the Pirates on Wednesday in the middle of their four-game home series against the Cardinals.