What’s the complete opposite of signing the most hyped free agent on the market? There might not be a scientific answer to that question, but “signing Chone Figgins to a minor league deal” has to be in the running.
That is exactly what the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to do. Having missed on Masahiro Tanaka this morning, they have reportedly come to terns on a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp with Figgins.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports had the report:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 23, 2014
At age 36 and unable to bat over .200 the last time he was in the league, Figgins has to be considered a long shot to crack any big league roster, especially the Dodgers. Still, the team did lose second baseman Mark Ellis to the St. Louis Cardinals and Nick Punto to the Oakland A’s this off-season and they are relying on Juan Uribe at third base. Between those spots and the occasional Hanley Ramirez injury, there might be some innings for Figgins if he proves he can play at the big league level again.