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1/22/1978 (39 y, 29 d)
1997 June Amateur Draft - Round: 4, Pick: 18, Overall: 132, Team: Colorado Rockies
$1M / 1 Years (2014)
Figgins will sign a one-day contract with the Angels on Monday and announce his retirement, Eric Kay of the Angels reports. (3/20/2016)
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Year in Review:
Perhaps Walks Leader doesn't carry quite the cache that Home Run or RBI Leader does, but it's gonna have to be good enough for Figgins. Interestingly, he doesn't really profile as walker. For one, he just doesn't hit home runs (one every 131 PAs for his career). And for two, he's an Angel – or was until the offseason, at least – and Angels don't walk. Yet, slowly but surely, Figgins has done just that. Consider his walk rates since his rookie season of 2003: 7.7%, 7.8%, 9.1%, 9.7%, 10.3%, 12.0%, 14.1%. That improvement is pretty flipping linear. One thing to note is that, more than simply laying off pitches, it's actually been Figgins' improvement on contact within the strike zone (Z-Contact%) that's improved over that same timeframe: 89.0%, 89.2%, 90.5%, 91.3%, 91.1%, 92.3%, 92.8.%. That's a good sign.
The Year Ahead:
Projecting a slash line for Figgins is difficult in the same way – if not to the same extent – that it's difficult for his new teammate Ichiro. Both represent a departure from any sort of extant archetypes. Consider: Among qualified batters, no one came close to Figgins' walk rate with so few home runs – not Fukudome, not Russell Martin. Even Marco Scutaro is a power hitter compared to Figgins. But it's those walks, coupled with a high line-drive rate and good foot speed, that are the key to his fantasy value. Per Baseball Monster, both his Run and Stolen Base Values were more than two standard deviations above the mean for a typical 12x13 league. That made Figgins a top-50 player and top-5 third baseman in 2009. The trend is likely to continue in 2010. (Carson Cistulli)
Chone Figgins is a near lock to get full playing time even if he ends up shipped out of Seattle somehow. That opportunity allows Figgins to reach base and proceed to swipe further bases. With at least 34 steals every year since 2004, Figgins is a premier asset when it comes to stolen bases. Spending all of 2010 at second base and penciled in at third base for 2011 could help you out, as well, with multi-positional eligibility. Figgins has no power whatsoever, though, and the Mariners are not going to provide him with many chances to drive runners in. How many chances he gets to score runs will be greatly influenced by where he places in the batting order. When his average is up in the .300 range, he gets to stay in the No. 2 slot and rack up 700+ trips to the plate. Another season of struggling, however, could see him batting last. (Matthew Carruth)
The Quick Opinion:
Chone Figgins might be a good buy-low candidate after an awful 2010 season. He’ll still get you steals and the run-scoring simply has to be better this time.
Last year, Eric Wedge and the Mariners coaching staff came up with a brilliant idea. It seemed that Chone Figgins was a terrible baseball player. Their solution: make him more aggressive at the plate, and force him to hit his way out of his little "slump." The positive result: his strikeout rate dropped a couple points. The other results: his walk rate cut in half, and his batting average on balls in play dropped to .215 as he swung at pitches that he couldn't hit as well. Essentially, the Mariners tried to change Chone Figgins and somehow turned him into something worse, some grotesque figure out of a 50s sci-fi flick. If some other team donates to charity by taking on a sliver of his remaining contract, and lets him go back to being the way he was before, there's a slim chance he might post a positive WAR as a utility infielder. His days of being useful in fantasy, however, are over. (Patrick Dubuque)
The Quick Opinion:
If some other team donates to charity by taking on a sliver of his remaining contract, and lets him go back to being the way he was before, there's a slim chance he might post a positive WAR as a utility infielder. His days of being useful in fantasy, however, are over.
Remember back in undergrad, when you had to read The Metamorphosis and you’d just broken up with your girlfriend/boyfriend and you’d bombed a Calc midterm and you were in the library at eight in the morning hung over and you’re reading this story about how this guy is a cockroach all of a sudden and his family hates him and he’s late for work and his dad throws an apple at him and then his family sells all his furniture and the maid hits him with a broom and then he dies? That is Chone Figgins. Chone Figgins is a cockroach with an apple rotting in his back. (Patrick Dubuque)
Chone Figgins didn't play baseball for a major league organization last year. The last two seasons that he did play, he cost his team a full win over a replacement player. His walks disappeared. He never had much power, but what he had went away. He started having trouble making contact and his defense got worse. That pretty much covers any value he used to have, so many years ago. But now he's on a minor league deal with the Dodgers, and that alone might tell you something about how nervous they are about their $48 million second base signing, Cuban Alexander Guerrero. Should Figgins make the team, he could carve out value a little like Jerry Hairston Jr did before retiring: occasional injury replacement in real life, and waiver wire acquisition in the deepest of leagues in fantasy baseball. (
The Quick Opinion:
Don't worry about him on draft day, but the deepest of leaguers should keep half a brain cell on Chone Figgins. He might be a good waiver wire pickup at some point if he makes the Dodgers.
After horrific seasons in 2011 and 2012, and no season at all in 2013, Figgins made it back for 38 games with the Dodgers, hitting .217/.373/.267. He sold his Orange County condo after the season, so he probably doesn't expect to be back. (Jeremy Blachman)
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