I've been reading the thread about the Mattews signing where this deal is taking a beating.
First and foremost, this deal is about defense. The Angels where major league leaders in errors and unearned runs. Also, they've got Vlad and GA on the corners, guys who both have bad wheels. The Angels went and got someone who fills a major need.
Also, if you look at his last three year's performance, the offensive numbers don't look so bad
You add those numbers together, you get .280/.350 type numbers. Figure on 15 HRs and 30 SB to go along with a guy who might be a gold glove defender. If the Angels get that, its not that bad of a deal. I think they still overpaid, I would have rather seen 5 years/40 million, but everybody is overpaying this offseason.
Stoneman said the Angels are not done, they are still shopping for a 3b and 1b. Likely trade targets
Joe Crede CHW - Sox need a CF, Angels need a 3b. Figgins plus a one of the Angels prospects for Crede looks like a possibility.
Mark Teahan KC - I know this guy is KCs up an comming star, but Figgins and prospects might interest them.
Scott Rolen STL - Cardinals are in desperate need of pitching. Santana for Rolen and prospects from the Cardinals? Rolen seems healthly again. LaRussa and Rolen not getting along?
Miguel Carbrera FLA - I would do cartwheels if the Angels could somehow land this guy.
A Rod NYY - Does A Rod want to leave?
I think either Figgins, Santana or both will not be with the Angels in 2007.