What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Hmmm... DFA'ed by Seattle, one $8M year left on big contract, but he could be claimed off waivers for the cost of a veteran minimum salary...
Dare I say I hope the Rangers are at least kicking the tires on Figgins. Hell, dial up the phone and see if Crazy Jack in Seattle will deal one year left of Figgins for one year of Young plus a few million $$. If Young & Figgins are both cooked at the plate, maybe Figgins could at least offer better utility infielder defense at 2B/SS/3B.
You know, I usually ignore trade talk like this, but I actually like Chone Figgins. I think he isn't too far removed from servicable, and an experienced utility 3B, OF, and SS guys would be awesome... The guy isn't as bad as that crap stadium in Seattle makes him seem I think.
On the other hand, I don't see why Seattle would want MY. If we took on half his salary ($8mil) and Figgons ($8mil) the trade would be a financial wash, as we'd pay $16mil for MY anyways, but I just don't see Seattle being happy with just that. Add in Grimm maybe and you may have something.
Chone Figgins was a great versatile player in Anaheim, but I do not think it would be smart to trade Grimm for a guy that Seattle is willing to pay to play for someone else.
No need to add Grimm or any other prospects on either side of the deal. It just comes down to both teams dumping a veteran player who has one way-overpaid year left on their contracts. Only Young, Figgins, and an agreed-upon-sum-of-cash needs to be involved.
They might both suck again next year, or they might bounce back to be quasi-positive contributors. But it's about filling roles. Seattle can hope Young hits an occasional line drive into the outfield gaps, while Texas can hope Figgins provides adequate bench depth and serviceable defense at 2B/SS/3B.
Figgins is owed $8M. Young is owed $16M. If I'm JD, I'd call to see if the Mariners take Young + $5M for Figgins. And I'd be willing to bump the cash up a little if that's what it takes to make the deal happen.
You may be on to something there.
Put yourself in Young's shoes, would you accept a trade to Seattle? Thought so, move on, there is nothing to see here.
Figgins hit under .190 the last two years. PASS.
Young won't move anywhere (AL), unless he's assured a Minimum of 500+ AB's.I don't see plausible interest, untll mid-season,when half his salary is gone... he'll either be hot or cold, which leaves nothing much to gain or lose.Let's hope he hit's .300 & stays a positive influence.
Wasn't Figgins worse than Young last year when looking WAR and those other new statistical measures?
Tell Young he's riding the bench if he doesn't accept the trade. Tell him he'll barely see the light of day if he doesn't accept the trade. He'll accept. I'd like Figgins as a utility guy more than Young.
No, no, no, no, no, no, never, never, never, never, no, never!
@ JIM: I made it clear that I wasn't interested in Figgins for his bat. Just looking for a guy who can be a solid backup defender at 2B/SS/3B... and possibly $2M or $3M in salary relief.
@ Joseph: Like Marktown said... basically you let Young know what his choices are: he can play baseball in Seattle or he can sit on the bench in Texas. Every time JD changes Young's role, Young pitches a fit and demands a trade. So JD should tell Young "your role is now bench filler, and we've already pre-arranged the trade you'll demand... so here's your one-way ticket to the Pacific Northwest."
Figgins still has utility as a pinch-runner; Young has no utility at all.
I like the idea.
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