In what can only be described as a miracle Chone “Bilbo” Figgins appears to have found the magic ring that has been lost somewhere deep under the old viaduct, and suddenly for the last two games he has played like the pesky Chone Figgins we all remember from his days with the Angels. It is fitting to talk about this event today on Easter Sunday though it may have been a little easier on our collective psyche here in the NW if Figgy would have risen from the dead after three days, or even three months rather than two years…but a miracle is a miracle and I think were seeing the real Chone Figgins now.
Of course most of th soggy and discouraged Mariners fans around town are going to need a lot more than this last Oakland series before letting-go of their resentment of Figgins, and some will actually never believe it no matter what he does so they can stay in their comfort zone of hating the frisky little chap. As for me I need to move on and embrace the new reality of a Chone Figgins who makes things happen in Hobbit like fashion that are endearing in an odd way.
Of course the big question for the Mariners organization is what do they do now? Coming into 2012 there were basically three scenarios for Figgins 1: Let him lead-off and if he continued to suck after 6-8 weeks just cut him and swallow his salary. 2: If he produces in the early going attempt to trade him by the deadline and get out from underneath his huge salary. 3: If he produces keep him around for the next couple years at third and in the outfield and see if he can help the club compete.
Now most folks around town figured he was going to suck this year and just wanted to get rid of him to make room for and now perhaps . But it is looking like the picture will be getting even more muddled when and Gutierrez come back off the DL soon. So do you try to find a taker right now for Figgins, or move someone else like and have catch leaving room for Carp to DH and play some left and first base allowing Figgins to stay in the lineup as much as possible along with Seager?
And of course none of these equations answer the question of where does Michael Saunders play if he continues to hit, let alone or if he continues to hammer 500 foot bombs down in Tacoma like he did the other night. Alas our crafty little Figgins has created quite a quandary here with his resurrection and one that is not easy to answer, but should become clearer in the next week or so. For now I”m happy to have these sorts of problems facing our skipper who wants to win and will undoubtably find a way to get the best players on the field in order to do just that.Let me know what all you readers think about this developing dilemma. Bring on the Rangers! http://jeffsmariners.com