Originally Posted by jojo
Figgins had been a significantly above average player in 5 of the 6 seasons he was a starter prior to hitting free agency. Seattle paid him as if they expected him to be a league average player during his time in Seattle.
This was just one of those things that went horribly wrong for whatever reason.
There were plenty of reasons.
1) He was a dead average hitter during his time with the Angels, generating more value with his legs than his bat. A guy like that heading into his 30s is generally a shaky investment.
2) Outside of 2009 he never was a standout defender.
3) Outside of 2009 he never posted a gaudy BB rate.
4) Age and Safeco robbed him of what little power he had, and once that was gone pitchers overpowered him.
As an aside, I certainly hope the Mariners didn't pay him $9 million a year to be average. Seattle had the worst offense in the AL in 2009 and needed to spend on players who could improve that sorry state of affairs.