Originally Posted by MoneyInTheBank
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
Yes, history is littered with such players. But it is also deluged with players who did not pan out. I think the Reds budget is tight (it may well cost them more than originally thought to bring Ludwick back). If I am going to take a half million dollar flyer on someone with very limited funds available, I am not throwing it at a player whose game is based on speed. And is turning 35 and coming off of two horrible seasons in which he did not hit or field at a major league level. If he had a good glove at least then I could see taking a chance. JMO.