THURSDAY: Angels GM Tony Reagins says he hasn’t talked to Williams and has no interest in trading Figgins at this time. It may be true that Figgins is on Williams’ wish list, but perhaps that’s where it ended.
WEDNESDAY: Joe Cowley lights up the rumor mill with some rumblings about the White Sox. His source says Kenny Williams is inquiring about leadoff hitters who can play second base, aside from the apparently overpriced Brian Roberts. Williams’ main target may be Chone Figgins; he called Figgins "an interesting name."
Figgins, 30, is hitting .306/.421/.355 in 145 plate appearances. He’s a free agent after the ’09 season. Despite Chicago’s interest, it’s hard to picture the first-place Angels parting with him. Figgins is expected to be activated from the disabled list today after a hamstring strain. The team’s other third basemen have not hit well in his absence.
I’m not sure how well he plays second these days, but Ryan Freel could fit as a Plan B. Freddy Sanchez, Cristian Guzman, Felipe Lopez, David Eckstein are other possibilities (pure speculation on my part).
One other note from Cowley – he’s heard whispers that the Angels will be making a push for Joe Crede this winter. Crede is pretty much the only credible free agent option at third base.