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Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

Posted on: August 13, 2010 11:29 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 11:34 pm
 
Chone Figgins
The Braves are trying to hold off the surging Phillies in the National League East, and now they're minus one Hall of Fame third baseman. You'd have to think their level of desperation is high right now.

Some are suggesting the Mariners could leverage that desperation to unload an ill-advised contract. Chone Figgins couldn't replace the things Chipper Jones did, but decent major-league help is tough to come by now that the non-waiver trade deadline has passed. Only players making more than their value can slip through, and Figgins, owed a minimum of $26 million and three more years on the contract he signed last winter, is highly unlikely to be snapped up.

The Mariners and Braves reportedly had discussions about Figgins at the deadline that weren't terribly serious, but Atlanta's situation has changed. And so has Seattle's since the Mariners signed Figgins thinking they were contenders. As the Seattle Times points out, the Mariners are paying $27 million of their $90 million payroll to two players: Figgins and Ichiro Suzuki. Thirty percent of your payroll for two leadoff hitters is absurd, and you know they're not trading Ichiro.

The Braves have other options. They can move Martin Prado to third and play Omar Infante every day. They can try to trade for Baltimore's Ty Wigginton, though Wigginton is a longer shot to clear waivers. But Figgins is ridiculously hot right now (batting .405/.436/.486 in August), and despite his contract, he could make the difference in whether the Braves make the playoffs by a game or miss by a game.

Are the Braves desperate enough to make this deal? Are the Mariners willing to pick up enough of Figgins' contract to make it happen? Hard to say, but you've got to think there's at least going to be a phone call between Frank Wren and Jack Zduriencik.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:39 am
 

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

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Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2010 2:04 pm
 

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

Technically Alex Gonzalez, leads the team in home runs, but for the sake of MLB statistics, 11 or so of his home runs were hit for the Toronto Blue Jays, so they don't carry over in terms of home runs hit as an Atlanta Braves, so actually Brian McCann still leads the team in home runs.




Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2010 12:12 pm
 

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

Some are suggesting the could leverage that desperation to unload an ill-advised contract.

The Mariners and Braves reportedly had discussions about Figgins at the deadline that weren't terribly serious, but Atlanta's situation has changed.

Hard to say, but you've got to think there's at least going to be a phone call between Frank Wren and Jack Zduriencik.

I realize this is a "rumors" story, but did these bloggers ever think that maybe quoting somebody "on the record" was useful?
These clipped quips are something my trash collector could have dreamed up during his lunch break.

I find it amusing that this person has been labeled an "analyst" by the CBS forum.

Yeah, and so am I.







Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2010 9:13 am
 

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

Figgins contract would demand too much in prospects, and i just don't think he would be a good fit in Atlanta. in the back of my mind is a rememberane of problems he had fitting in on some other team?? we have plenty of light hitting, table setting players. bring up Freeman, see what he can do, platoon with what we have. WE NEED POWER!!!LaughingGO BRAVES



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2010 8:51 am
 

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

Prado will be back sometime this coming week...why not move him to 3B and leave Infante at 2B...both have had tremendous years and can offer you the same type numbers as Figgins without giving up anyone in return. As for Wigginton, he will give you 100% on the fied at all times but is by no means a difference-maker.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2010 8:49 am
 

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

If Mariners were smart wait until the offseason to trade Figgins. Let him keep going hot and then some team will pick up on his second half stats and then deal him to them.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2010 12:40 am
 

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

Actually, Gonzalez leads the team in HRs and IMO Wigginton is very much a similar type of player. I'd rather have Infante and Prado be the top 2 hitters, let Heyward drop lower in the order. He's been struggling in the #2 hole.



Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2010 12:16 am
 

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

Both players mentioned as potential trade targets, Chone Figgins and Ty Wigginton would be worthy replacements.
As has been discussed by many, Figgin's contract is absurd, and he doesn't bring that "power bat" to the table that the Braves need. With that being said though the Braves haven't had a true power bat in years- since they traded Mark Teixeira for Casey Kotchman. After all Brian McCann and his 17 HR are leading the team.

As much as I'd like to see Figgins on the base paths causing havoc for the rest of the NL East, his contract and precieved value would likely require too much in terms of prospects to land him on our roster. Adding him would give us an immediate threat that we're sorely lacking.

Wigginton on the other hand is much cheaper, and is the type of bat that the lineup could use. His 18 would make him the team leader upon arrival. He's also versitile, and can play 1b, 2b, 3b, OF.

I'd like to see the Braves add Wiggy for the stretch run, and hang onto him next season should Chipper not return.

But we'll find out in a couple days to see if the Braves make a quick reaction or stick with in house options.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2010 10:00 pm
 

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

Very true Step. With that said, I believe Glaus needs a platoon role at 1st which is why I'm hopeful Freddie Freeman would be ready for the call. Let Hinske/Conrad/Infante platoon.


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