Originally Posted by texasdave
Numbers are nice and I am sure with almost any player a person can pick out a stat or two that supports their position. And I am certain that the Mariners have their paid saber guys who comb through the statistics of the players on their team looking for signs of life. BUT. If the team that saw him play for the past two years (meaning they should know him better than anyone) and then told him we will pay you eight million dollars if you take your bat and glove and go home; you have to wonder if there is anything left in that player's tank. If Seattle thought there was any chance at all that Figgins would bounce back, wouldn't they take him to spring and have a last look-see? Wouldn't they want to get something back for all the money invested in him, if there is anything to get back? They could always release him at the end of spring. No harm, no foul. To me he can't hit, he can't field and he is getting old. Teams (and posters on message boards) have been wrong, of course, and it wouldn't cost the Reds a lot to bring him into camp; but I would pass.
History is littered with guys who were given away by their teams or were unwanted in free agency and turned out to be huge successes. Sometimes there are just circumstances where a relationship is just so irreparably damaged that it is just time to move on. Will Figgins be his old self when he goes to a new team? Doubtful. But I think it's worth $450k to find out