MLB Trade Rumors: Will the Cincinnati Reds Trade for Chone Figgins?
Seattle Mariners third baseman Chone Figgins is not having a good season. Still, things may be looking up for the 33-year-old.
Despite his .182 batting average (he has almost 300 at-bats) there are reports that the Mariners--far behind in the AL West race and even further behind in the Wild Card race--could deal Figgins to the defending NL Central champion Cincinnati Reds.
"Figgins is still rumored to be drawing trade interest from the Reds, who need a leadoff hitter. But the Mariners weren't showcasing Figgins for anybody Wednesday, keeping him on the bench after he was picked off first base Tuesday night as the trail runner in a first-and-third situation.
Baker noted that Mariners skipper Eric Wedge commented "With a veteran guy, it can't happen,....I had somebody else talk to him. I couldn't."
It's an interesting situation to keep an eye on because as much as the Reds may need a leadoff hitter, there would be some question about how and where he could crack the lineup.
Figgins has been a third baseman most of his career but even with the struggles and age of Scott Rolen, I find it hard to believe they'll swap out such a good defender and home run threat for Figgins.
Figgins has also played the outfield so there would be a spot for him if the club does indeed move Jonny Gomes out of left field....he's been rumored to be on the move.
But other than left, there isn't really anywhere for Figgins to play: Drew Stubbs in center and Jay Bruce in right seem to have those spots locked down.
If they do manage to find a place for Figgins, however, the fact that he is a switch hitter with speed who has been a key contributor on a World Series winning club should be a big time addition to the Reds as they try to make up ground in the NL Central and perhaps advance further than they did last postseason.
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