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December 5, 2006
BASEBALL: Figgins Must Go!

Matt Welch, as part of his top-ten list of the best seasons by an Angels DH (see if you can guess who is #1), has a lengthy and exhaustive analysis of why the Angels need to trade Chone Figgins for the same reasons as the Dodgers benefitted from dealing away Bobby Valentine before the 1973 season. Welch's analysis sold me, as well as reminding me exactly how much young talent the Angels really have. The interesting question is where to deal Figgins, who has great speed and flexibility but fell off to a career-low .336 OBP last year at age 28, making him a dicey prospect at best as a leadoff man (I'm thinking St. Louis, which has a couple of weak spots in its lineup, a few injury-prone stars at 3B and CF, and a manager who worships defensive flexibility).

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:57 PM | Baseball 2006 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

But the Cards do not have trading chips. They are very thin everywhere.

Posted by: maddirishman at December 5, 2006 1:57 PM

How bout to the Mets?

Posted by: Mike at December 5, 2006 2:19 PM

Irish - I meant to note that. Unless the Angels want a flier on Mulder.

Mike - If they hadn't re-signed Valentin that would be a great idea. At present there's not much room for him.

Posted by: The Crank at December 5, 2006 3:03 PM

I'm not digging Omar's off-season so far.

At all.

Posted by: Mike at December 5, 2006 5:12 PM
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