By signing third baseman Chone Figgins, the Seattle Mariners showed they are willing to spend this off-season. Figgins had his best season yet in 2009. The all-star third baseman batted .298 and scored 114 runs for the Anaheim Angels. The Angels are facing a 2010 season without not only Chone Figgins, but also Vladimir Guerrero. That is unless the Angels shock everybody and resign the power-hitting giant.
Needless to say the Angels will miss both of them, but did the Seattle Mariners do the right thing?
I know I will catch a bashing from some Anaheim fans and even baseball fans in general. He plays hard, gets on base, steals bases and scores runs. Defensively he can play practically anywhere on the diamond. I love those kinds of guys. There isn’t an overload of them in the Majors, but $9 Million per season? Really? Hey, why not I mean Coco Crisp made over $6 Million last season.
Why do I have such a problem with the Mariners giving Figgins $9 Million per season? I mean by all means, it isn’t even close to being the worst deal in baseball. Which very well could be the Mariners signing another third baseman in the past named Adrian Beltre. As for as baseball deals go, the Mariners might have not even done that bad on this one. The real thing people need to realize with this signing is Figgins doesn’t drive in runs. Yes, I know not everybody is a clean up hitter. You need people to get on base, so you can hit them in. Right? Right and Chone Figgins did indeed score a lot last season. Actually last season, he finished third in runs scored in all of major league baseball. Let’s assume he gets on base just as often this season, even though players usually do better in contract years. I have one question for you?
Who is going to hit this guy in?
Ichiro Suzuki batted an incredible .352 last season, and he only scored 88 runs while batting leadoff for the Mariners. If the Mariners were to go out and add a big bat to their line-up this off-season then I’m okay with the Figgins signing. Does anybody really think they are going to sign Jason Bay, Matt Holliday or even Jermaine Dye? We don’t even know if they will resign Russell Branyan. If Branyan goes, does that leave the middle of the order as Franklin Gutierrez, Jose Lopez, and the shadow of what once was Ken Griffey Jr? Lopez is a pretty good player, and Gutierrez did have much improved numbers last season, but that is the major firepower? That’s it?
Figgins was a perfect fit for a team like the Angels, who had the big guns to drive in their table setters. The Seattle Mariners have a couple of very good table setters, one decent power guy and a lot of guys that take up at bats. Anybody else think that not only did the Mariners make the wrong addition here, but also that Chone Figgins was dumb to leave the Angels?