Chone Figgins has quickly become one of the hottest names on the free agent market this off-season. According to reports, the Mets may be interested in Figgins for second base if they’re able to deal Luis Castillo, or possibly elsewhere.
Figgins is a much better third baseman than he ever will be at second, left field or right field. According to FanGraphs, Figgins’ UZR (ultimate zone rating) last season at third base was listed at 16.7, second in the AL. His career UZR at third is an unbelievable 23.4.
Figgins has spent a good amount of time in the outfield, as well. He has played 307 games in the outfield, but isn’t the best fielder. His UZR in those 307 games is –12.6.
He’s a utility guy, able to fill in at pretty much any position and not kill your team. He’s worth a shot, especially with the Phillies interested in Figgins to fill in at their vacant third base position. Maybe the Mets should sign him just so they don’t have to face him.