They have lost some spark, some intangibles and in many ways the heart and soul of their teams for the time being. And the Phillies and Red Sox each have big expectations this year and can’t afford to fall to far off the pace.
Which brings us to the Mariners.
The little team that could have but didn’t is going to unload Cliff Lee soon and make a contender happy.
But what about Chone Figgins?
He’s got 3 years and $27 million left on his contract and could fill in at second base.
Granted he’s having a lousy year in Seattle… but SEATTLE is having a lousy year and maybe it is rubbing off on him.
Perhaps going to a winning team and feeling reenergized is what he needs to do.
Maybe they can convince teams “He’s bound to have a better second half, and wouldn’t it be better if he has a better second half with YOU?”
Either way this is a guy who finished in the top 10 if the AL MVP vote in 2009. He is a switch hitter with a lot of speed and post season experience.
If Pedroia or Utley come back from their injury, he can fill in to another spot on the infield or outfield with ease.
And if he gets the spark back and fits like a glove with his new team, he will be under contract for the next few seasons.
I’m not saying it is GOING to happen… but it would behoove the Mariners to see if they’ll go along.