Re: Chone Figgins to Seattle?
When I looked at Figgins' hitting performance with the Angels, which was a picture of volatility, every other year good/bad, in other words inconsistent, I think M2 raises valid points that the M's lost it on that one and the level of downside risk was high and foreseeable. It is a hard sell to emphasize defensive prowess as a primary basis in support of that contract. Sometimes our favorite team fails and its hard to admit. The M's are certainly in a down cycle, with Figgins a poster child for a series of poor decisions. Now they are so desperate that they are blaming it on the ballpark.
My favorite team took the opposite approach and decided it was more bad pitchers than the ballpark. The M's seem to not want to admit that they've had bad hitters in addition to a pitcher friendly park. If you want to mitigate a feature of your ballpark, get better players to put in it. Works every time.
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