The Boston Red Sox recently attended the workout of free agent Chone Figgins, who did not play in the majors last year. There were at least eight other teams that were possibly interested in him.
Figgins grew a name for himself as a very versatile player who can handle a variety of positions in the infield and outfield. He also has a great deal of speed, having stolen more than 40 bases twice in his career. Additionally, he has been an All-Star. His future seemed bright with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, however, when he signed a four year contract with the Seattle Mariners, everything went downhill.
Needless to say, Figgins was a complete bust when he played for the Mariners. He batted .188 in 2011 and then proceeded to hit .181 the next year. He seemed to do his best Mario Mendoza impression, as in not hitting anything over .200. He ended up being designated for assignment at the end of 2012. It was almost a mystery how a player who had all the talent in the world seemingly lost it overnight. One wonders if it was because of the pressure of signing a very big contract.
He would be a good pickup for Boston. Ben Cherington has said that he is looking for some infield and outfield depth, and Figgins would certainly provide that; the fact that he is versatile could also really help his causes. Another good quality that Figgins has is the fact that he has a lot of speed. Stealing bases on a consistent basis was one of Boston’s best weapons and it contributed to them scoring a lot of runs. He would also probably cost very little, which always seems to catch Boston’s eye.
If he does sign with Boston, Red Sox Nation needs to hope to see the Anaheim edition of Figgins,and not the Seattle one.