Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Figgins Rumor

Over on The Brewer Nation and carried over to Brewers Blog in the comments section of a post about Jeff Suppan's new restaurant, a rumor has flared up that the Brewers are interested in Chone Figgins of the Angels.

On MLB Trade Rumors, an early December post talks about the Cubs' interest in Figgins. The Angels asking price was apparently Aramis Ramirez. One would assume that if the rumor were true, the Brewers' bait would be Bill Hall and a pitcher and then some.

As much as I feel Figgins would be a great acquisition, I've got to believe there is absolutely nothing to this unless the Brewers are willing to part with one of their top starters (Sheets or Suppan - Gallardo I think would be too much; Villanueva not enough.) The Angels rotation is currently John Lackey, Kelvim Escobar, Jered Weaver, Jon Garland, Joe Saunders, and Ervin Santana. None of them are going to win the Cy Young, but neither would Bush, Vargas, Parra, or Cappuano probably shake up that rotation.

Then again, there are other ways to clear the logjam the Brewers have in the rotation than dealing from the bottom of the deck. Sheets and Hall for Figgins? Hmmm.


Unknown said...

Look at John Lackey's numbers. He could win a Cy. I wouldn't trade for Figgins either, but you could make an argument for Lackey winning the CY in 07.

Rob Neyer's blog on Nov 13, 07 says he should be considered and he is a lot smarter than I

Scott Segrin said...

Mea culpa. Lackey finished third in the Cy Young voting last year and has been getting progressively better every year he's been in the league. He's obviously a candidate - stong candidate if he continues to improve.

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