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A's trying to trade for Chone Figgins

Posted on: January 28, 2011 9:47 am
Edited on: January 28, 2011 1:58 pm
 
FigginsAll's quiet in baseball these days with arbitration the only story and a countdown to the beginning of spring training less than a month away.

However, if the A's get their way, there will be at least one more trade that gets the attention of the baseball world.

The San Jose Mercury News reveals that Oakland is trying to acquire third baseman Chone Figgins from the Mariners. With three years and $26 million left on his deal, the Mariners might be motivated to deal the 32-year-old for players that fit within their retooling phase. It is thought that Kevin Kouzmanoff and a pitcher would be headed to Seattle for Figgins if a trade is consummated.

Figgins had a poor debut in Seattle after years with the Angels, hitting just .259/.340/.306 although he did swipe 42 bases amid an attempt to shift to second base. With that experiment over, Figgins is slated to return to third, and the Mariners hope he can approximate his 2009 line of .298/.395/.393.

Oakland has been seeking a third baseman all winter. They chased Adrian Beltre for the second straight season and also flirted with Edwin Encarnacion, claiming him on waivers only to non-tender him. Clearly, they aren't sold on Kouz, who has a great glove but produced a .247/.283/.396 mark in his first season with Oakland, hitting 16 homers.

If the A's did acquire Figgins, he would become the perfect leadoff hitter for a club that would suddenly legitimately challenge the Rangers for superiority in the West. So far, Oakland has imported Josh Willingham, David DeJesus and Hideki Matsui to bolster the offense. However, all three are free agents next year and while the club remains at the Coliseum with no certain organizational future, it will be difficult to attract free agents to come -- or even for internal free agents to stay. GM Billy Beane has had to go the trade route in recent years to get his bats, so acquiring Figgins would add certainty to the offense over the next few years -- the club's already got plenty on its hands in filling holes after the year.

One such hole could be filled by Chris Carter, who is adamant the left-field job is his to lose -- even after Oakland acquired two left fielders in DeJesus and Willingham.

"I'm still thinking it's my job to lose, basically," Carter said. "It's a business. They want to win and make the team better. [Adding players] keeps it more competitive."

That's all well and good, but after Carter began his major league career with an 0-for-19 streak, his stock dipped in many people's eyes. He rebounded upon his September recall, but by then it was too late: he was ticketed for Triple-A again in 2010. The 24-year-old likely remains Oakland's left fielder or DH of the future, especially with the positions opening up after the year, but he'll have to serve as depth in 2011 for the A's. Even backup outfield is not an option as Ryan Sweeney and Conor Jackson have those spots locked down as well.

UPDATE: ESPN's Buster Olney says there could be a third team involved in the deal, with the Jays a possibility. If the Jays were able to snag Kouzmanoff, that would enable Jose Bautista to stay in right field.

-- Evan Brunell

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Comments

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:56 am
 

A's trying to trade for Chone Figgins

Oakland is dead last...yeah right! What have you been smoking? I still don't see how the Angels and Rangers have improved much from last season. Oakland has added alot of players that can hit which was a weakness of theirs. Just how did the Angels and Rangers shore up their weaknesses? As of now, they have not done much compared to the A's. So "on paper" the A's should win the division hands down, but the problem is that Oakland has never been able to keep the bulk of its roster healthy for any significant amount of time. I have read some of your posts and you seem to have a very strong hatred for Oakland. I don't get it. I know you are a bit clueless since you still refer to the Angels as "California" even though they are actually called Anaheim now. Don't get me started on that fake LA part of its name. While I don't like the Angels I would never consistently put them down and rank them last in the division. 



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:55 am
 

A's trying to trade for Chone Figgins

OK, so Figgins hits roughly 280 in a good year, his biggest offensive attribute is in stealing bases, but sorry, this is not a TEAM SAVER.  His addition does not put them over the Rangers, and probably for teh entire season won't put them over the Angels either.  Texas is the team to beat in the West, no questions asked.  Even with the additions for the A's and Angels and the loss of Lee for the Rangers, it's their division to loose.  But to be fair, if MVP boy has a bad year or rides the injury bench for 40 or 50 games, things may get close with hte Angels, but not the A's.  I've always liked the A's, never the Angels (except way back when Nolan was pitching for them) and have always liked the Rangers, but gotta say I'm still pure Yankees and HATE the kids in Boston.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:39 am
 

A's trying to trade for Chone Figgins

What's with all of the A's doubters?  Pitching wins ball games.  The A's have great starters, the deepest bullpen in baseball and a couple of effective closers.  They have bolstered their offense significantly this season and have a decent minor league system.  Best of all, they have Billy Beane at the helm guiding their club back to prosperity.  The A's are going to be  a competitive club and all of this hype will show that it was warranted.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:34 am
 

A's trying to trade for Chone Figgins

Pull the trigger Jack, take a bag of peanuts and a 21oz brew for Figgy. 



Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:10 am
 

A's trying to trade for Chone Figgins

Are you certifiably crazy? Give them Figgins and it still does not get them over the hump! I love how the media is still over looking the Angels. Keep it that way. In October I will find you and we will see what the West looks like.

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