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Should the Mariners trade Chone Figgins? Should the Braves be interested in him?

Aug 13, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

Rarely do Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times and Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner agree on something, but amid speculation that the Braves are interested in Chone Figgins as a possible replacement for Chipper Jones they both think the Mariners would be smart to deal him.
Baker argues that Figgins is redundant with Ichiro Suzuki around, while Cameron argues that Figgins isn’t a good fit because the Mariners aren’t as close to being consistent contenders as they believed when signing him this offseason.
Figgins has three years and $27 million left on his contract, so he’ll definitely clear waivers (if he hasn’t already) and can be traded anywhere. Clearly how much of that contract another team is willing to assume will be the sticking point.
According to Baker the Braves feel Figgins is worth around $6 million per season, in which case they’d presumably want the Mariners to eat about $9 million in total salary. Cameron suggests a potential solution for that would be for the Braves to include Kenshin Kawakami and his $6.7 million salary for next season in the deal, in part because he helps make the money aspect work and in part because he could be a useful back-of-the-rotation starter in Seattle.
Either way, if reports of the Braves having interest in Figgins before Jones went down for the season were true, the two sides seemingly should be able to work something out.

  1. BC - Aug 13, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Can Figgins still steal bases at this point? He’d DEFINITELY help them. And he can play basically anywhere other than C.

  2. JRS - Aug 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Is Figgins not just Omar Infante with more power?

  3. easports82 - Aug 13, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    It’d be a huge pill for Zduriencik, or any GM, to trade away his second most prized acquisition of the offseason. And a little trail off into the land of “What Ifs’: If Jones tore his ACL before the trade deadline and the M’s and Braves did make the trade with Figgins, does Wak still have a job as what appeared to be the biggest issue in the clubhouse would be gone?

  4. Philip P - Aug 13, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    I think Wak was doomed no matter what; fairly or not he lost the clubhouse months ago so Figgins wasn;t the first and likely would not have been the last.

  5. Tim's Neighbor - Aug 13, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    I love Infante, but I don’t know if he’s an every day player. Figgins also plays superior defense at 3rd and has wheels once he gets on base. The Braves might be the slowest team in the league as of now. I know stolen bases are statistically over-rated, but Chone’s speed surely wouldn’t hurt.

  6. Alex K - Aug 13, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Would they let you pinch run, B-Rush?

  7. Tim's Neighbor - Aug 13, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Only if there’s a jerk Drill in the way and they need someone to push him over. And dude, I got speed for days!

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