Angels third baseman Chone Figgins is putting together another solid season, leading the AL in runs scored with 98. He has stolen 39 bases for the Angels, giving their big bats lots of opportunities to drive him in (which apparently has worked).
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The Angels have several impending free agents who may take priority over Figgins, who will likely be a Type-A free agent. Bobby Abreu is putting together a great year for the Angels after signing for a reduced price, and will likely ask for a two-year deal. Angels ace John Lackey is up for free agency, and with a weak pitching market, he is in for a big payday.
The Angels also have to decide the future of Vlad Guerrero. Guerrero is on the decline, posting career lows in average, OBP, slugging, and OPS. He is hitting just .254 with runners in scoring position, a huge drop off from his .322 career average with RISP. However, Guerrero is having a solid second half, hitting .323 with 7 home runs in 24 games.
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If he can finish the season strong and hit well in the postseason, it is possible we could see him stay with the Angels.
Back to Figgins. Figgins has not shown any signs of a decline, in fact, he has tied his career high in doubles, posted a new career high in walks, and is hitting 14 points better than his career average. With his versatility - he has played second, third, and outfield this season - he could command a three-year deal.
A team like the Cubs, in need of a versatile middle infielder and proven leadoff hitter, could be that team.