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One of the most curious news reports out there comes from CBSSports.com that suggests the Cincinnati Reds are in the market for a lead-off hitter, and Chone Figgins and Coco Crisp are on their radar.
Figgins wouldn’t be much of an upgrade at the lead-off spot for the Reds at all, but Crisp could be.
Currently, the Reds have tried internal solutions with Drew Stubbs and Chris Heisley but neither has been able to elevate their OBP above .350.
Figgins has an average of .184 and an OBP of .234 and has performed terribly since going to Seattle.
Some feel that a lot of his unsuccessful hitting has a lot to do with playing in Seattle, but to be honest, acquiring Figgins would be a huge step backwards.
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Crisp is a better consideration as he offers a little of everything.
Crisp is hitting .265 with a .313 OBP and 27 stolen bases, and would fit the lead-off spot perfectly for the Reds.
He’s a free agent at the end of this year too, whereas Figgins is owed over $17 million dollars.