Any other year it would seem that this would be big news; the Miami Marlins signing infielder Chone Figgins to a minor league deal that comes with an invitation to spring training attached to it. Figgins is coming off three seasons with the Seattle Mariners where he batted .277/.302/.283 with 61 RBI and 57 stolen bases. After an awful time with the Mariners, Figgins comes into a poor situation that the Marlins have but could turn into a better situation for Figgins.
Figgins and the Mariners never saw eye-to-eye which led to his playing time being decreased. He only played in 66 games for Seattle in 2012 and 81 games in 2011. There was one point in Figgins’ career where he was a feared lead off hitter and he could steal 40-plus bases per season. After the Mariners failed to get out of the bottom of the barrel in the American League West, the Mariners and Figgins parted ways during the offseason.
He is entering a Marlins’ infield that contains Donovan Solano, Adeiny Hechavarria and Placido Polanco. Two of those guys are extremely young and Miami could benefit with Figgins coming into play. The only problem that Figgins brings is an attitude from where he left off at Seattle. If he turns it into productivity for the Marlins, Miami could possibly win 70-80 games this season instead of a possible 60 games that some experts are predicting this season.
Mike Redmond will know how to use Figgins and it could work for Miami this season.