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In a post to Rumor Central, at, Jayson Stark explains why the Phillies are more likely to sign a free-agent like Adrian Beltre, Mark DeRosa or Placido Polanco to be their third baseman, than sign free-agent Chone Figgins.

Jon Heyman of said yesterday he believes the Mets and Phillies will be competing this off season for Figgins, who is also a top priority for the Angels.

Later, Joel Sherman of the New York Post said, ‘The Mets are absolutely in on Figgins,’ according to the words of an involved party.

Last month, Angels reporter Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times said Figgins will likely land a five-year, $50 million deal on the open market.

In 158 games this season for the Angels, Figgins hit .298 with a .395 OBP, 42 extra base hits and 42 stolen bases.

to be honest, from what i can tell, there is little chance he signs a five-year deal… that just seems like a lot in this market… people seem to pay five years for power, not speed… in the end, though he might be asking for $50 million over five years, the buzz in baseball suggests he is likely to be offered deals in the three– to four-year range, worth around $10 million per year

In a poll to yesterday, 52 percent of 2,200 voters said Figgins is not worth $10 million per season.

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