Chone Figgins the Answer for Chicago Cubs?

Ben CallowayContributor ISeptember 8, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 29:  Chone Figgins #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bats against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on August 29, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Athletics defeated the Angels 4-3.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

With postseason hopes falling out of reach, it seems as if the Chicago Cubs are shifting their focus towards the offseason. The Chicago Tribune is reporting the Cubs might have some interest in signing utility man Chone Figgins in the offseason.

Lou Piniella has recently been quoted saying that the Cubs may need to add some speed for next season. The Cubs have the lowest number of stolen bases this season. With a noticeable hole at second base, Figgins would be an obvious candidate.

Chicago's offense has struggled mightily this season, and the addition of a bat should help. Figgins is batting .305 so far this season, with 47 RBIs. Combine his batting ability with his extreme speed, and Figgins makes a lot of sense for the Cubs.

With all of this being said, there is only one problem: Figgins is likely to compile lots of interest this offseason, and he won't come cheap. Will the Cubs be willing to add MORE salary to an already high-paid offense?

If the Cubs do indeed sign Figgins, he will likely bat lead-off and play 2B. While on the topic of the offseason, let's discuss some more possibilities...

Milton Bradley has been the most talked about player this season for the Cubs, and many people think that they will try to actively shop him in the offseason. With Bradley heating up as of late, I'm not sure if I completely support this.

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I do understand he is a "clubhouse cancer," but unless they can get another big name player, how is that better for the struggling offense? If they have the payroll to go out and sign/trade for someone better, then go for it. Otherwise, stick with him, and see what he can do next season.

I've heard ideas of trading Bradley and just letting Fox play everyday in RF. Although that sounds fine at first, I'm not completely sure he can keep up playing EVERYDAY. Plus, Bradley is a slight upgrade in defense.

Why not keep Bradley and let Fox get some starts here and there, especially when Bradley is struggling. Let me know your thoughts...