Seattle Mariners Trade Scenarios: Possible Chone Figgins Trade Partners
With the Seattle Mariners sitting at a lackluster 21-29, the front office should be getting prepared for the July 31 trade deadline.
As is typical in Seattle, the M’s will be looking to offload some high-priced veterans who have watched their numbers plummet while members of the Mariners.
The first that comes to mind for M’s fans is most definitely Chone Figgins.
Seattle inked Figgins to a four-year contract worth $36 million after the 2009 season. Figgins, a career .278 hitter, is batting only .222 as a Mariner, including an anemic .178 this season.
With $17 million remaining on Figgins' contract, Seattle would take virtually anything of value at this point in order to part ways with him—though, apparently not, according to Eric Wedge (via The Seattle Times).
Given the amount remaining on Figgins' contract, one would think the Mariners would have to pay at least some of the money owed to him.
Figgins has been an All-Star in the past, and maybe a change of scenery could do him some good. Here are some potential suitors for Figgins.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
It would be a return home for Chone Figgins, where he was selected to his only All-Star Game in 2009.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia has been known for his small-ball tactics, and Figgins is seemingly a perfect fit for Scioscia’s style of play. It also gives them another option at the top of the order, although Mike Trout seems to be doing just fine.
Figgins could play a somewhat utility role for the Angels or strictly play third base, as the combination of Alberto Callaspo and Maicer Izturis has failed to make an impact this season, with Callaspo batting .231 and Izturis batting .235.
Figgins could definitely help the Angels’ on-base percentage, as they currently sit at 26th in the league with a .303 on-base percentage.
The Angels have won six straight games and are now only 6.5 games behind the Texas Rangers for first in the AL West.
Perhaps a veteran like Figgins could help this team as it looks to return to the postseason.
With the Washington Nationals leading the NL East and playing their best baseball, a Chone Figgins trade could make sense.
Currently, the Nats start Danny Espinosa, who is hitting .218 this season at second base. Figgins could come in and play second base, while providing the team depth at both corner outfield positions and third base.
With young studs such as Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, a veteran influence could be just what this club needs as it tries to make the playoffs for the first time.
Jayson Werth’s injury, which will keep him out for at least nine more weeks, according to ESPN, could make this deal even more intriguing for the Nationals.
They could take a chance on Figgins returning to form and providing them with speed, base-running expertise and veteran leadership and then choose to release him when Werth gets back, or keep him on the roster as they make a playoff push.
The Miami Marlins have reinvented their franchise this season, and a trade for Chone Figgins could benefit them greatly.
After injuries to Emilio Bonifacio and Austin Kearns, the Marlins have had to rely on Bryan Petersen and Chris Coghlan to fill in. With Logan Morrison starting at first base, the Marlins could need some bench help.
Petersen is batting .200 in limited action this season, and Coghlan is no better, batting a feeble .138 in more plate appearances than Petersen.
Figgins could fill in nicely as a replacement corner outfielder for the Marlins as they look to eliminate the 3.5 games separating them from the Nationals.
Furthermore, Figgins could fill in nicely as a backup utility infielder for Ozzie Guillen’s squad, as Donnie Murphy is currently spelling the middle infield while batting .132.
With the Marlins looking to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2003, a trade for Figgins could provide them with some additional depth as well as a reliable pinch runner.
With the Detroit Tigers toiling in mediocrity after a huge offseason in which they landed Prince Fielder, a Motor City shake-up could be in order.
Chone Figgins would be a reliable second base option for the Tigers instead of starter Ryan Raburn, who is batting .151 this season.
Figgins could also provide a defensive replacement for third baseman Miguel Cabrera late in games and could spell either of the corner outfield positions.
After leadoff man Austin Jackson went to the DL with an abdominal injury, the Tigers were left scrambling for someone to fill that void at the top of the order.
Figgins could help the Tigers fix some of their holes and perhaps make a run at the AL Central division crown.