Report: White Sox Pass On Chone Figgins

Tab BamfordSenior Writer INovember 11, 2009

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25:  Chone Figgins #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rounds third base to score in the top of the eighth inning against the New York Yankees in Game Six of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 25, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Reports from the GM Meetings in Chicago are that the Chicago White Sox will not make a run at utility stud Chone Figgins.

This development is puzzling in light of the Sox nearly annual courting of Figgins in trade rumors. The White Sox also have a need for another outfielder and/or third baseman, both needs Figgins could fill.

The Sox recently traded one potential leadoff candidate, Chris Getz, and Josh Fields to the Kansas City Royals for Mark Teahen. Sox GM Kenny Williams has told the media that Gordon Beckham will move from third base to second to accommodate Teahen as an everyday third baseman.

Figgins was thought to be the logical next step for the Sox, though, who were looking for a table setting player that would either move Teahen to right field, or who could play center, bumping Alex Rios to right field. The Sox declined the option to retain Jermaine Dye in 2010.

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