The Phillies recently "checked in" with Chone Figgins, according to a tweet from Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. The 34-year-old Figgins was recenly released by the Mariners after a couple of disappointing seasons.
Morosi writes that the extent of the Phillies' interest in the veteran third baseman/outfielder is unclear. They wouldn't be doing their due diligence if they didn't explore the option, but acquiring Figgins certainly wouldn't be a move that would fire up the Philadelphia fanbase.
Figgins had some great seasons with the Angels - he was an All-Star in 2009 - but never lived up to the four-year, $36-million dollar contract the Mariners rewarded him before the 2010 season. Over his three seasons in Seattle, during which he played only 102 games per year, he hit just .227 with a .302 on-base percentage and 57 stolen bases. His last two seasons? A woeful .185 average, .249 on-base percentage and a combined 15 swipes in 147 total games.
Third base is obviously a hole the Phillies are looking to fill and the free-agent market at the hot corner is thin, but would Figgins be any better than Kevin Frandsen or Freddy Galvis?