Why Austin Kearns and Not Chone Figgins?

Why Austin Kearns and Not Chone Figgins?

The Marlins made Austin Kearns a part of their 2013 roster but released Chone Figgins and frankly, it leads to some serious head scratching.

Look, these aren’t the deals that will necessarily make a difference in the Marlins being competitive or not but it does display the team’s thinking a bit. In Kearns, the Marlins retain a guy who has had a poor spring. He is 4 for 37 (.108) with no extra base hits, 7 BBs and 13 Ks. In Figgins, the Marlins had a guy who was 8 for 26 with no extra base hits, 3 BBs and 3 Ks, and a stolen base.

Figgins numbers are arguably better than Kearns, but in Kearns the Marlins have a more known quantity. They know they are getting a guy who can come off the bench, pinch hit, play some left field and first base. In Figgins, the Marlins could be getting a guy who is as bad as Seattle thought he was, or they could be getting a reclamation project. Either way, the Fish are choosing to go with the devil they knew which, for Marlins fans, has to have at least some comfort. The question remains though, how exactly do the Marlins evaluate and assess player value?

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