SF Giants Prospects

Giants Named As Potential Suitors For Chone Figgins, Grady Sizemore

By Bryan Rose

With a hat tip to Giants Nirvana, we have news from Jon Morosi involving outcasted Seattle Mariner, Chone Figgins.

"Mariners officials are hopeful that teams in need of a leadoff man will engage them in trade talks over the next few weeks. Sources say Seattle officials view Cincinnati, Detroit, and San Francisco as possible fits for Figgins."

Figgins, who once was an up and coming star for the Anaheim Angels fell on hard times after signing with the Seattle Mariners in 2010, putting up a dreadful and nearly unbelievable .188 average in 300+ at-bats this past season and a woeful .259 in 2010 with over 700 at-bat’s.

It wasn’t all that long ago, 2009 to be exact when Figgins was receiving AL MVP consideration with .298/.395/42 SB campaign but all went out the window as his travels took him north on the I-5.

Financially, Figgins is a detriment, signing a 4 year, 36 million dollar deal in 2010 meaning he’s still owed around $17 million dollars combined for 2012 and 2013 with an additional $9 million dollars in 2014 if he reaches 400+ plate appearances in 2013.

On the field, Figgins can man a variety of spots, mainly 2b, 3b and CF – but there is quite the difference between playing said position and simply standing out there which essentially defines Figgins defensive ability, universally considered sub-par across the board.

The Mariners are willing to throw an undetermined amount of money into any deal to remove the former All-Star from their roster, something that could certainly make the utility man much more attractive to a trade partner, but unless it’s a considerable amount – I can’t see the Giants being interested.

In other news. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick has added the Giants (among others) as potential suitors for former Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore. The Giants were long rumored to be interested in Sizemore, but this was before the addition of Melky Cabrera. The interest, if warranted, could spell out a better picture of how the Giants feel about Carlos Beltran‘s return, but I’d chalk this up to Sizemore’s agent building interest more than anything.