Before we begin, I want to say this; Yes, I’m aware this is 2014. No, this isn’t a post from 2010 when Chone Figgins was a free agent. Figgins worked out for teams today according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 15, 2014
Figgins took BP and infield and outfield drills and ran a 60 yard dash in 6.4 seconds, which is pretty darn good for a 35-year-old. Should the Yankees try to sign him?
Well first of all, it would be a minor league deal so why not? Figgins could play third, second and even help out in the outfield every so often. It’s no secret that the Yankees could use all the help they could get at those two positions for the 2014 season. Taking a strength in numbers approach and bringing in as many people as you possibly can during spring training isn’t a bad thing. As a free agent, he also won’t cost you anything.
What are the drawbacks? Well, he didn’t play at all last season after struggling with the Marlins in Spring Training. In 2012, in only 66 games with the Mariners, he had a .181/.262/.272 line. Not exactly major-league caliber. He’s also turning 36 next week.
To me, it’s a no-brainer. You sign him to a minor league deal. If he stinks in spring training, cut him loose, nothing ventured, nothing gained. If he’s good, you got yourself some lightning in a bottle.