Monday, August 17, 2009

Free Agent at the End of the Season: Chone Figgins

Over the years, Chone Figgins has proven this: when he's healthy, he's a beast. And thankfully for Figgins, he has avoided the injuries that have plagued him in the past and he's been able to stay on the field.

And for Figgins, the 2009 season has been one of his best to date. So far in 2009, Figgins leads the AL in runs scored and triples, and ranks fourth in stolen bases. Figgins made his first all star team in 2009 and seems to have set himself up nicely for a free agent contract this offseason.

The Case for Figgins


Speed has always been the trademark of Figgins game. In every season since 2004, Figgins has stolen at least 30 bases and led the league in steals in 2005. In addition, Figgins stolen base total would have been higher over the years if not for a series of injuries that cut short his production.

-gets on base

Figgins is the stereotypical leadoff hitter. Not only does he have speed, but Figgins knows how to draw walks and produce a high on base percentage. Figgins is currently 5th in the AL in walks and has an impressive .401 OBP that has propelled the Angels offense this season. Figgins is a major reason why the Angels have played well even without Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter for extended periods of time.


For so long, Figgins was thought of by the Angels as a super utility player, a guy who should be in the lineup, but without a set position. But since Figgins has become the Angels starting third baseman, his defense has been on the upswing. In 2007, Figgins UZR/150 at third base was a putrid -6.1, but just two years later, Figgins UZR/150 was an impressive 11.2. Whatever team that signs Figgins should be assured that Figgins will play a sparkling third base.

The Case against Figgins

-Can he stay healthy?

This is the question that has to be asked when talking about Chone Figgins simply because in '07 and '08, Figgins failed to play in more than 120 games in each season. It's a promising sign that Figgins has not missed time this year, but his past injury history has to at least be in the discussion.


In most cases, you would expect a good amount of power from your corner infielders. However, Chone Figgins should never be confused for a power hitter. If Figgins hits more than a handful of home runs every year, then that would be a lot. Whatever team signs Figgins will have to find power from other sources to compensate for the lack of power at third base.


The good news for Figgins is that he enters the free agent market in a year where there are no other stud third basemen out there. Aside from Figgins, the rest of the group consists mainly of injuries and question marks: Joe Crede, Hank Blalock, Adrian Beltre, and Troy Glaus.
In addition, there are no other players on the market that bring the speed dimension to the table like Figgins does. If the Rays decide to move Carl Crawford, then the market for Figgins might be cut into a bit. But on the surface, if a team is looking for speed and a leadoff hitter, then Figgins is the best guy out there.
Elias Ranking: Type A
Like Bobby Abreu, I would fully expect the Angels to offer Figgins arbitration given his 2009 salary and the high possibility that the Angels are compensated with 2 high draft picks.


4 years/$44 million

Here are some comparable contracts:
Mike Lowell (3 years/$37.5 million)
Ryan Zimmerman (5 years/$45 million)
Casey Blake (3 years/$17.5 million)
Brian Roberts (4 years/$40 million)

Chone Figgins brings so much to the table that it's hard to imagine him not getting at least 3 or 4 years. I will be interested to see what kind of dollar figure Figgins is able to get. Is he a $10 million dollar a year player? Well, according to fangraphs, Figgins has been worth $20.4 million this season. Wow...maybe Figgins would be a bargain.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Prince of Darkness, battling the gods over the souls of the Damned.
It is the gods who have created this environment and led people into Damnation with temptation. The god's positioning proves they work to prevent people's understanding.
How often is xtian dogma wrong? Expect it is about the Lucifer issue as well.
The fallen god, fighting for justice for the disfavored, banished to Earth as the fallen angel?
It can be argued every priest, preacher and holy man works under me, incurring the disfavor of the gods for engaging in disapproved behavior.
The gods don't need people out there encouraging others to praise their name. They can pick and chose themselves. This is why women were never holy people until the modern era of decay.

The deterioration and decay of society and mankind is all women's fault. As mankind's enforcers of decency, females have become sexually promiscuous like men, corrupted like the opposite gender, and the result is a reduction/minimization of mankind's collective level of favor, a very important step necessary for the Gods to justify societal decay.
In morbidly disfavored regions, such as the Mediterreanean, victims of the Noah's Flood event for their hedonism, the patriarchy dominates, and the men consider themselves superior to the women. xtianity was used to inflict this state of mind on Western Civilization, leveling the playing field for all.
They need to understand this responsibility, their favor amongst all the people. Instead they have embraced masculinization::::Girls play organized sports, engage in casual sex like men. The trend is away from traditional girl toys, like dolls, which often during playtime helped crate positive thoughts, enabling the Gods to enlighten the favored gender and illustrate wisdom, occassionally leading to the path towards ascention but certainly offering positive lifestyle choices.
There are many good men who become corrupted by the extreme members of their gender (pigs) but they are manageable and easy to control if the women maintained their power and control. Instead they have let it slip away. I suspect there are many older women still alive today who remember their elders addressing them regarding this issue.
The relationship between men and women have always been complimentary:::The men shelter and protect women from the evils of this life, ensuring the women have a REAL opportunity to ascend when reincarnated, while the women help the ignert men understand by sharing their wisdom imparted by the Gods. The tendency towards sexual abstinence as one grows older is an example.

In the process of societal decay, the gods examined and changed the education system as well. Recall the push to extend the school year in the 80s and 90s and intensify curriculum even for students as young as elementary school.
As the distractions of the 20th century increased, fewer candidates succeeded in ascending into heaven. This pool of distractions include eduction.
Nothing is perfect, and the gods have always wanted justification for the disfavored who are not realistic candidates. This was the purpose of child labor before our modern education system.
The current movement of "furlowing" and reduction in the school year should be viewed as a positive and welcomed.
I've always said education is evil, but merely touched on the issue because, like money, it is such a corruptor. This is why.
Psychology illustrates the other reason why.
It is children who ascend into heaven. They are the only candidates who are eligible. By the time you learn it is too late, a common tactic by the gods. It is why this issue is so important.

She wanted the attention, so we took a closer look.
You have to bust her drug dealer. You have no choice. Positioning dictates.