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Just call him Chone Phiggins

Nov 10, 2009, 6:11 PM EDT

figgins’s Jon Heyman tweets that the Phillies are “seriously considering” free agent Chone Figgins.
The 31-year-old speedster doesn’t figure to lack for options in free agency, particularly because he can play third base, center field and perhaps second. Figgins to the White Sox has been a popular rumor through the years, but GM Ken Williams has already shot down that possibility, saying the money won’t be there.
The Cubs and Yankees, both of whom could pursue center fielders, have also been spoken of as fits for Figgins. The Giants could use the quality leadoff man, but they’d either have to use him in left field or push Pablo Sandoval to first to make room for him. The Red Sox, Mets and Mariners would seem to be less likely suitors.
Philadelphia may end up as the Angels’ primary competition to keep the 2009 AL walks leader. Figgins is likely to seek a four-year deal worth somewhere around $12 million-$13 million per year. If the Phillies signed him, he should replace Jimmy Rollins as the team’s leadoff hitter. Shane Victorino could keep batting second, while Rollins takes his mediocre OBP to the seventh spot in the order behind Raul Ibanez.

  1. Jonathan - Nov 10, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    Chone….what a stupid spelling. It’s either Sean or Shawn. C H does not make an SHH sound.
    The Yankees better not get him because I can’t root for a guy with such a dumb name.

  2. Cru11 - Nov 11, 2009 at 12:33 AM

    Id love to see Jimmys face if he and his 8.5 salary get moved to the 7 hole. Hahaha

  3. SleepingDawg - Nov 11, 2009 at 2:26 AM

    You are an idiot! Who cares about the spelling of his name, the dude balls period. J Roll has done nothing batting in the 1 spot and his name is spelled normally.

  4. Larry - Nov 11, 2009 at 7:42 AM

    This will never happen as you see it. If they sign Figgins, he will bat leadoff, Rollins will bat #2 and Victorino will be traded.
    There is NO WAY they move him to #7.
    Dumbest idea i’ve ever heard, short of giving you this space to waste online.

  5. Dave - Nov 11, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Victorino traded???!!!, thats laughable.

  6. Bill@TDS - Nov 11, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    C H does not make an SHH sound.
    Chandelier? Chevalier? Chevrolet? I think the second part of it is much more problematic: “one” != “awn.”
    It would be a mistake for any team to put Figgins in the outfield. He doesn’t seem to play as well there, and he’s just more valuable as a 3B. Part of his salary is going to be a reward for his gold-glove-quality play at third, so putting him anywhere else is a waste.
    Larry: moving a guy who can’t get on base (and who last year was one of the worst hitters in the league, period) out of the top two spots in the order is the dumbest idea you’ve ever heard? You must only converse with certifiable geniuses…

  7. jonny5 - Nov 11, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    His name could be Dick Hertz for all I care, as long as he brings game…………….

  8. whauname - Nov 11, 2009 at 12:21 PM


  9. jelly roll - Nov 11, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Jelly Roll will QUIT after 5 games, he will lose 1 game, just like his prediction in the world series

  10. jelly roll - Nov 11, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Jelly Roll will QUIT after 5 games, he will lose 1 game, just like his prediction in the world series

  11. flyin hawiian - Nov 11, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Trade the flyin hawiian, he is craZy good, craZy charlie horse would never let that happen ………
    Butter Roll is over rated …….

  12. jonny5 - Nov 11, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    No body is trading victorino fools!!! if anyone gets traded it’ll be Hamels to make room for a starting pitcher, Halladay namely. Bruntlett will go too.

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