Originally Posted by texasdave
As a general rule, I would agree that smaller market teams have to take 500K fliers on players. In this case I would disagree for two reasons. Firstly, I don't think Figgins is the player you want to take a flyer on. Over the past two seasons, I don't feel he has shown any major-league level skills offensively or in the field. Secondly, if a small-market team is at the cusp of grabbing the brass ring they should proceed accordingly and shell out a little extra. That window is not staying open indefinitely. I know that is easy for me to say since it is not my money. I just think it would be wise.
Again, I'm not saying, sign Figgins, slot him in the starting lineup and consider your offseason complete. There is absolutely no reason his 500k should be the difference between signing another player. He has been terrible the last 2 seasons no doubt, but if you bring him in and he's even 3/4 of what he once was, which was a great player, doesn't he help you in your goal for that brass ring? I'd rather take a flyer on a "has been" like Figgins than a "never was" like Emmanuel Burris or Wilson Valdez.