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.
Figgins is the perfect player a team like us should be taking shots on. We have limited funds to spend and spent almost 2M on Cairo and Valdez last year for worst years than Figgins at his low point without any legit upside. Get him for 500K and even if he sucks we're still ahead of last year and if he sees any kind of bounce back you have a steal and open up 1M+ to spend elsewhere.