DETROIT _ What's not to like about Chone Figgins?
The Los Angeles Angels' sparkplug can play third base, second base and the outfield, he's batting .298 this season and he ranks first in the American League in runs (114) and walks (101).
The 31-year-old Figgins also ranks third in the AL with 42 stolen bases and seventh with a .396 on-base percentage.
Yeah, go get him Kenny Williams.
It seems like Figgins name comes up every year, and he's out there again.
But here's the problem with Figgins and the White Sox.
Eligible for free agency at the end of the season, the Angels hold exclusive negotiating rights with Figgins for 15 days after the World Series ends. In past years, the Angels have outspent the Sox for two other free agents _ Bartolo Colon (when he still could pitch) and Torii Hunter.
If Figgins doesn't return to L.A., the Yankees, and possibly the Cubs, are likely to get involved.
The Sox simply don't have the money to satisfy Figgins' asking price, which should be three years for around $35 million.
Before Saturday night's game against the Tigers, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen tried pulling the plug on the latest case of Figgins Fever.
“I don’t think Figgins,” Guillen said. “To be honest with you, would we like to have players like him? (Bleep), everybody does. But this kid is going to cost you a lot of money. If we figure out this guy is going to solve our problem, then Jerry (Reinsdorf) will take a shot because Jerry wants to win.
“Jerry wants to win. Kenny wants to win. I want to win. Everybody wants to win. In the meanwhile, Kenny is going to go see the market and we are going to see how...I would love to have (Scott) Podsednik back but that’s my call.”