As the Yankees popped champagne after a World Series victory, Jack Zduriencik was hard at work. Another late night analyzing what would put the Mariners in prime position to snatch the AL West title from the Angels, and maybe tonight he had found it. Sign Chone Figgins. The versatile speedster is able to fill in from almost anywhere on the diamond, but he plans to be starting at third base when Opening Day rolls around. For nine more million dollars, the Mariners made it clear what they have spent the last year accomplishing. The Mariners are the athletes. Down the coastline, waves buffeted the Oakland shoreline. Billy Beane didn't hear any of it. Alone in his office, he was crunching numbers as he picked up the phone. When Jim Hendry picked up, a deal was imminent. Beane would trade Gray ...
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