In a classic case of a low-risk, high-reward signing, the Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly signed Chone Figgins to a minor league deal that includes an invite to the big league camp at Spring Training. Figgins will likely have an opportunity to make the team as a utility man, a role the Dodgers sorely lack after losing Skip Schumaker and Nick Punto to free agency.
Figgins is 36, and has not really been a useful player since 2009 with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but perhaps he can be rejuvenated by a return to southern California and reduced expectations. In the intervening years of 2010 through 2012, Figgins struggled mightily, slashing a meager .227/.302/.283. He was released by the Miami Marlins during Spring Training in 2013, and failed to catch on with another club thereafter.
Figgins can fill in all over the infield and outfield should he make the club. The team has reportedly been in talks with Michael Young to return in a similar role, but he may also be considering retirement.
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