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Chone Figgins, Dodgers close on minor league deal

Jan 22, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Dodgers and utilityman Chone Figgins are close to signing a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. [Update: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that an agreement has been reached.] Figgins didn’t play in 2013 after three difficult years with the Mariners. He had inked a four-year, $36 million deal following the 2009 season.

In just over 1,200 plate appearances between 2010-12, Figgins posted a .585 OPS and -0.9 Wins Above Replacement, per Baseball Reference. The Mariners designated Figgins for assignment when the 2012 season ended, with one year remaining on his deal.

On a minor league deal, the Dodgers get to see if Figgins has anything left to offer at virtually no risk. Figgins is versatile, having spent over 1,000 defensive innings in his career at three positions: third base, second base, and center field. He can also play in either outfield corner or at shortstop in a pinch, with some limited experience there during his 11-year career.

  1. jya87 - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Bill, were there any reviews from his workout from a few days ago? Did teams come away impressed or otherwise?

    • Bill Baer - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Ken Rosenthal wrote about it here last week:

      Sounds like it couldn’t have gone any better for Figgins.

  2. cackalackyank - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    What the what?

  3. brewcrewchamps - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    He had inked a four-year, $36 million deal following the 2009 season.

    What one above average season does for some people is crazy

    • Jeremiah Graves - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      In Figgins’ defense, he actually had a pretty nice little run with the Angels for about six years from 2004 to 2009. He averaged 142 games and hit .292/.365/.390 for a .755 OPS. Not great, but solid for a guy who was used primarily as a roving utility player at multiple positions. He averaged 44 SB and better than 90 runs per season during that stretch. Was it an overpay at the time, probably…but the Mariners were looking to make a splash. It turns out they chose the wrong splash.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Yeah, I was going to say. It wasn’t just one above average season. He was a pretty good player for an extended period of time. He wasn’t worth the contract he got, but it’s not like he was a one hit wonder. Versatile and solid defensive player who contributed offensively for the Angels.

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