|Omar Minaya met at the GM Meetings with the representative for Figgins, Seth Levinson, who also is Castilloâ€™s agent.Jerry Manuel is a huge supporter of going after Figgins. He sees Figginsâ€™ speed as a huge asset, specifically at big Citi Field. He thinks Figginsâ€™ versatility would help the Mets if they had another spate of injuries. And he believes that Figgins could serve as a top-of-the-order influence on Reyes.TheÂ Angels have prioritized trying to re-sign Figgins, who led the American League with 101 walks, stole 42 bases and generated a .395 on-base percentage.Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro told The Post on Tuesday that he did not envision having the budget to incorporate Figgins as a third base replacement forÂ Pedro Feliz. But SI.com reported yesterday that theÂ Phillies are in the mix, which would give theÂ Phillies the opportunity to bat Figgins atop the lineup with Shane Victorino and drop Jimmy Rollins (21 homers) to more of an RBI role.
It is likely Figgins, who will be 32 next season, will demand a three- or four-year contract at between $8 million to $10 million annually.
(3-4 years 24-40 million for a 32 year old Figgins?Â and why in the heck shouldÂ Jerry Manuel be allowed to give so much input on moves that will effect us for the next 3-4 years?)