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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: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2010 2:23 pm

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

The Seattle Mariners 2010 season was a giant chemistry experiment on the game of baseball and it imploded.   It took about a month to realize the M's had concocted a recipe for disaster unparalleled in the game of baseball.   The offense is the most inept unit perhaps ever assembled since the Designated Hitter came to the American League.   Andriesen pointed it out in the article, Figgins is owed $26 million over the next 3 years and we already have a light hitting leadoff guy in Ichiro.

The Mariners don't need to receive anything in return for Figgens to make this a good deal.    The stars may be aligned for Seattle and we should be grateful that Chipper Jones is out and Bobby Cox is on his farewell tour.    If the M's are able to unload Figgens now,  it will give a guy like Dustin Ackley the chance to develop at the major league level for the last couple months of the season.  Ackley is still a raw talent but he has development under his belt in 4 years at North Carolina and now has almost a full year at the minor league level.  It's worth putting him on the field and starting over beginning now.  

This would be saving grace for the Seattle Mariners if it were to happen.. 

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2010 2:18 pm

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

Glaus or Prado would be perfectly fine at 3rd. the problem then becomes who do you put at 2nd or 1st to replace them?  To make Infante an every day starter is a bad idea in my opinion.  Having him in reserve has helped the Braves tremendously.  He can play any position and excels at what he's been asked to do this season.  We need another infielder to hold onto our depth.  
My choice - Glaus to 3rd, Call up Freddie Freeman to play 1st.  Keep Infante as main back up for entire infield.

Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2010 2:03 pm

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

I really haven't followed the Braves too much this season, but why not put Troy Glaus at third?  That's the position he played when he was with the Angels.  The Braves could then move someone else to first base or acquire a first baseman from another team. 

Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2010 2:01 pm

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

DON'T DO IT , BRAVES!!! use what you have in Prado, Infante, and Gardner.these gus are not superstars, but all are good steady ballplayes and are more team oriented than Figgins. all 3 can play at least 3 positions, so all Bobby has to do is plug in right player. fillys keep talking about taking Braves out , but hasn't happened yet!! I still say last series will determine division winner(hopefully Braves)LaughingGO BRAVES

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2010 1:42 pm

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

If I'm Atl i would GET'ER DONE! Figgins hates it in Seattle and it shows on the field,He's a winner and Seattle is not that! He would bring alot to that ATL line up!

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2010 12:34 pm

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

I would like to see what the M's could get for Figgins but it could really end up not working out well for them. M's havent had the best of luck on trades. Over the past few years you give George Sherrill and Adam Jones away for Erik Bedard and how well did that work out? Then you give away some good talent to pick up Cliff Lee. He does well but they can't help him with how bad they were playing. So then you give him away for Smoak which in the long run might be a good move anyways since he would not have resigned anyways. Smoak will be good down the road(hopefully) but it seems like when we make atrade it is for 2 years down the road......and I haven't quite seen that 2 years show up now for 3-4 years...What to do next??

Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2010 12:12 pm
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Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2010 11:41 am

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

I see where you're coming from, but if you don't get a replacement, the Braves are looking at Wild Card at best,and I wouldn't even bank on that, Phils have Victorino back, Utley and Howard coming back, if you guys stand pat, the 3 games they are behind is going to slip away in 2 weeks tops, you need a 3B, Figgins probably isn't happening though unless the braves claim him on waivers and absorb the whole contract (like CHW did with Rios) ansd to get Wigginton, the O's are going to want a good prospect, which Atlanta may not be willing to do, maybe you should sign McGriff or Andres Gallaragga if you don't want to mortgage the future for "overpaid players" 

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2010 11:34 am

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

I don't think we need Figgins. With Prado coming back and Infante having a career year I think we will do okay filling the void. Now please do not and mean do not think Infante, or anyone, can replace what Chipper brings to the team in power, experience and most importantly leadership. But I don't think we need to trade away talent for this overpaid player.

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