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Padres Should Inquire About Chone Figgins

Chase Headley is out for about a month with a broken thumb. And now the Padres are scrambling to find a serviceable third baseman who could hold his ground until Headley gets back.

The logical choice is moving Jedd Gyorko to third, or giving Forsythe a shot at his natural position. James Darnell is waiting in the wings.

However, I suggest the Padres to look elsewhere.

According to, the Miami Marlins released veteran third baseman Chone Figgins. If I were the Padres, I’d inquire about him.

We all know Figgins has been a big disappointment ever since he left the Angels back in 2009.

But I still suggest that the Padres make a phone call to Figgins’ agent.  This isn’t going to be the popular choice in Padres land  but it’s a choice I feel could work.

Figgins is not the ball player Headley is. Figgins lacks power, is not a guy who works the count, and is not a gold glove caliber defender.

What Figgins does have is speed. Sure the 35-year-old doesn’t have the same speed he had when he was 27, but he’s faster than most 35-year-olds.

Figgins is on his last legs trying to latch on to a MLB team. When  a guy is fighting for his career it’s pretty scary to see what they can do.

Now let me make this clear, I am not saying Figgins should be the starting third baseman. No, no. The Padres have better options, but I would like to see Figgins make the team as a reserve third baseman.

So what do you think Padres fans, should the Padres check-in on Figgins? Let us know in the comment box below.

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  • Chris Calderhead

    Chone Figgins OBP last year was .262. If Headley misses two weeks, let’s be generous and give Figgins a few starts and 30 plate appearances. That puts him on base 8 times, probably with the pitcher batting next in the games he starts, How many stolen bases or opportunities to take an extra base are we going to get from him?

    I’ll pass.

    • Dom DiTolla

      I agree, Chris.

      As I stated in my post from earlier today, the Padres would be better off using their own players to try to replace Headley for however long he is out of the lineup.

      Just kick Gyorko over to third base, his natural spot, and then let Forsythe and Amarista battle for reps or platoon at second with Jedd manning the hot corner. At least that would be the plan I would employ.

      Would the plan work flawlessly? Heck no. But it’s a hell of a lot better than signing Chone Figgins.

      • Ohhhplease

        Why in the world would you move Gyorko back to third for two weeks?? He is working at 2b and it would only slow his development there. That transition is hard enough without being jerked back and forth. Forsythe or another internal option is the only option. Not god foraken Chone Figgins!