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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Figgins due for big raise?


Yes, it's late April, which means that spring is in the air and we're already talking about potential free agents. Like Chone Figgins, for example. From Robothal:
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Look, it takes only one. Pierre got his $44 million because his agent somehow found one general manager and owner who were foolish enough to believe that a player like Pierre might possibly be worth $44 million.

That said, I'll be pretty surprised if Figgins' agent can shake $10 million per season out of some gullible franchise. Figgins was once a fine player, a versatile defender who posted an OPS right around the league average and stole bases like crazy. That guy seems to have left us, though. Figgins can still play any number of positions competently and he can still steal like crazy. But the OPS is vanishing before our eyes, right along with Figgins' power. At his best, he slugged in the .400 range every season. Last season he slugged .318 and this season he's short of .300.

If you do a lot of other things well -- as Figgins does -- there's still a job for you in the major leagues. Just not a $10 million job. Not at Figgins' age. Not during the Great Recession. Not unless his agent finds a fool.