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Report: A’s interested in Chone Figgins

Post by Ryan Divish on Jan. 28, 2011 at 11:09 am with 9 Comments »
January 28, 2011 11:19 am

Joe Stiglich of the Contra Costa Times mentions in this notebook that the A’s are interested in acquiring Chone Figgins from the A’s in the return for third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and possibly a pitcher.

Despite the A’s busy offseason, indications are that they might not be done shaping the roster. A source with knowledge of the situation said the A’s are trying to trade for Seattle infielder Chone Figgins, and that current A’s third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and perhaps a pitcher could be shipped to the Mariners in return.

And now, Buster Olney is reporting via Twitter that a third team could be involved in the talks – the Toronto Blue Jays.

Regardless who is involved, one thing that needs to be in consideration is Figgins’ contract. He’s owed $9 million this year, $9 million in 2012 and $8 million in 2013 and there is no way the A’s would pick up all that money.

Kouzmanoff, who was  in the Indians organization when Eric Wedge was there, is a hard-nosed player, which Wedge likes . But in terms of patience at the plate – he’s not good to put it nicely. Kouzmanoff hit .247 with 16 homers and 71 RBI, but his on-base percentage was .274 … that is awful. He took 24 walks in 586 plate appearances.

The best part about Kouz, well besides the fact that his dad played football at the University of Montana, is his glove. By most fielding metrics, he’s one of the top defensive third baseman in baseball. Figgins is not a bad defensive third baseman. He was above average.

For me this comes down to money. If the Mariners can get the A’s/Blue Jays or whoever to eat a good portion of Figgins contract, then it could be a decent move. This contract is a minor albatross. Kouzmanoff is owed just $4.75 million this year and he has just three years of service time.

Would Kouzmanoff make the Mariners better? Not necessarily. Would he make them considerably worse? Not really. Figgins value to a team in terms of overall wins isn’t as high as you would think in comparison to Kouzmanoff. What this move could do would be to give them financial flexibility for the future.

Not inspired by this kind of trade talk? This is where the Mariners are at right now.

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  1. YES!!! Bye Bye Chone, don’t let the door hit ‘ya & all that stuff. Hopefully the A’s or Toronto will pay the entire contract. With the owners playing austerity we need player’s who play to the value of their contracts

  2. Kevindot1 says:

    I would like to give Chone one more year as an M to see if he can produce to his average. If he can, he should remain an M.

  3. Even if he could play to where he was in Anaheim, the contract is too high, especially with the M’s ownership continuously cutting payroll. I’d be thrilled to give him away for nothing to any team that would take on the entire contract.

  4. SharkHawk says:

    If he had Mark McLemore’s leadership skills I’d say keep him (a guy that we stole from Anaheim that paid huge dividends). Unfortunately he is a pain in the butt. The sad part? I always loved Chone’s game as an Angel and hated that he was beating us so often. But it hasn’t translated here. He is a player that needs to be on a winner like say Philly or Boston. He’d be real successful in those places. That is my feeling anyway. He isn’t a guy that can carry a team. He is a spark plug…. much in the realm of a guy like Chris Sabo whose value was seen much more to those who watched him everyday than to those who read box scores. He would come up with a play or a situation that would prove his worth nearly daily that never showed up. Like taking out a second baseman, diving headfirst into a catcher, fouling off ten straight pitches, creating havoc on the basepaths etc. Figgins can do those same things, but he doesn’t seem all that interested in doing it in Seattle. So time to roll on out.

  5. castlerockkid says:

    If Seattle could move Figgins I would be all for it. He was the main force in the club house revolution against Wak. last year. Figgins needs to be batting lead off which will never happen in Seattle.

  6. brucelgould says:

    yes it is time for figgie to go

  7. Sell, Sell Sell

  8. mojjonation says:

    Griffey was the main reason Wak got fired. Chone is a little b1tch when he doesn’t get to bat leadoff and he will never supplant Ichiro in that position. If we could get someone to eat enough of that contract that would be great.

  9. footballscaa says:

    His play was uninspired last year and there’s no reason to believe that’s going to change this season. I’ve seen enough.

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