What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Even though he has had an abysmal stay in Seattle, I think that Chone Figgins would be a perfect bench player for the Rangers. He can play multiple positions and can steal a base late in games. Additionally, the Mariners have stated that they would be willing to send cash in any deal involving Figgins.(upwards of 15 million) There's still 2 years @ 17 million remaining on his contract which probably nixes the deal before we start. But wouldn't he look good as a guy that can play multiple positions well with speed to burn. Seems like a great fit on our bench.
I've thought about this as a reclamation project to. When a guy drops off that fast, it's not regression, it's something else. He may be a guy that just didn't respond well to playing on a sucky team. We'd certainly be buying low. It's easy to forget he was pretty good, stole a ton of bases and could play passable D anywhere. Prince Michael might throw another hissy fit. But yeah, unless there's something we don't know about, I'd kick the tire on that. We'd certainly be buying low.
First problem is he's going to want to play every day, and won't be happy being relegated to a bench or backup role. If someone got hurt and was lost for the season, then it might be an interesting option. But if there's no room in the OF for him, and MY is the primary IF backup, and all the other IF starting spots are taken, I don't see how you can justify spending that much cash on someone who will only get between 150-300 AB. Mariners have no incentive to eat cash and give him away - that's a lose/lose for them. If they eat cash, they're going to want prospects, and are you really going to give away prospects for this guy?
So I don't think that's happening. UT is a tough spot to fill - look at what other teams roll with there - hard to find a quality guy who can hit, field, and play multiple positions well who isn't already a starter.
I agree with WWJDD. For the utility role we need to be looking at minimum guys stuck in the minors. Something like the AAAA version of Renny Osuna.
It's an opportunity cost thing. Chone might not be a bad deal in a vaccum, but for what you would give Seattle/Chone in prospects/cash, you could address other, more pressing needs for the team.
I understand where your coming from WWJDD?. Plus the idea of helping a rival club escape from a horrible contract does not sound very appealing as well. However, I think that the utility guy is a bigger role than its given credit for. With that in mind, who could fit this role? I am figuring that we are rolling out pretty much the same lineup and defensive alignment as we saw last year. The exception of Napoli being the primary catcher. So with the addition of a starter or two and a couple of new faces in the bullpen, why not give a utility guy 2-4 million. Who fits in that price range? Take in mind that I'm assuming this guy will start anywhere between 20-60 games based on injuries.
Correction: first problem is he spells his name SHAWN; Chone. thats all you need to know
Dwyane Wade would like a word with you, DC.
I thought MY was our super-utility guy? HA!
@zach26 MY is our 17 million dollar super utility guy, HA!
My perfect utility guy (infielder) will be a plus gloveman with speed. Probably a switch hitter (only because I'd like a LH bat with our current guys all being righties) with some speed and an ability to swipe a bag when you need it.
With the guys we have playing everyday already and MY still feeling like he needs some time in the field I don't see a need for a guy like Figgins. Some team will take a flier on him and probably end up being very happy with his production but I hope it isn't the Rangers.
I liked what Blanco brought to the table before the injury and hope we can sign him again at a reasonable price. We need a corner bat to compliment Blanco and really solidify the bench.
Having depth in any area is never a bad thing. Not that we have a gaping need for a utility player, but to say that we have MY as our super utility guy and leave it at that is sub-optimal to my thinking. Over the next couple years of MY's contract I view him more and more as a DH and not a super utility fielder, making the need for a player like Figgy more legitimate. I think he would fit perfectly in our clubhouse and into Wash's aggressive offensive style. His presence would also mean we would have more cushion to trade the Moreland/Murphy/Gentry's of our roster for pitching. A player like Figgy needs to be taking time from MY in the field because going forward MY will become less of a viable fielder and more of a pure DH.
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