Yankees Interested In Ty Wigginton

The Yankees have some interest in Ty Wigginton, according to Ed Price of AOL FanHouse. Price suggests the Yankees would be interested in the 32-year-old as a part-time player, rather than as an everyday starter.

In 299 plate appearances for the Orioles this season, Wigginton has hit .258/.342/.465, and his versatility has provided the O's even more value. In addition to logging significant time at first and second base, he has started a handful of games at third base. Though Wigginton hasn't spent any time in the outfield this season, he has shown in the past that he can play there if needed, recording 30 games in left field for the Astros in 2008.

For their part, the Orioles are reportedly looking for a young shortstop in exchange for Wigginton. If they were to discuss a trade with the Yankees, the first name the O's would bring up might be Eduardo Nunez, who Baseball America ranked 14th among Yankees prospects heading into 2010. The 23-year-old shortstop is in the midst of a breakout year (.313/.358/.416) for the Yanks' Triple-A affiliate, making it somewhat unlikely that New York would move him to rent Wigginton. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports doesn't think any team will part with a promising young shortstop for Wigginton, calling Baltimore's demand a "self-defeating stance."

Wigginton is earning $3.5MM in 2010, the final season of a two-year pact with the O's. According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, Wigginton recently left agent Dan Lozano and hired the Levinson Brothers, presumably in anticipation of his upcoming free agency.


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7 Comments on "Yankees Interested In Ty Wigginton"


RiverKKiller999
5 years 1 month ago

I’m sure Ty Wiggington would love the Yanks to get him.Anything to get outta Baltimore.

BaseballFanatic0707
5 years 1 month ago

Well, on the one hand, Nunez has bad range at short. On the other, Ty has crashed down to earth. /shrug. It’s a toss-up.

5 years 1 month ago

We do need some help for the bench and a bat like his is perfect. But I think our bullpen is our #1 need. Because Joba sucks (I think we should trade Joba), and the rest of the bullpen is mediocre. The only bright spot in the bullpen is of course Mariano Rivera.

yankeesfan88
5 years 1 month ago

I disagree that this is the bat we need. Thames is just as good if not better than Wigginton when it comes to hitting. In addition, Wiggington does not provide additional versatility and the Orioles demands are pretty high right now so this is not a trade we need to make.

BoSoxSam
5 years 1 month ago

Well, if the O’s are looking for rebuilding, it would be useful to trade Wigginton for helpful prospects. It’s self-defeating because the demands are too high, which will eliminate the possibility of a trade, and lose the possibility of gaining prospects for the future. The whole point for Baltimore is the future; clearly they are not going to the postseason in 2010. So why try to hold on to Ty, if he’s not going to do more than help you win 60 games instead of 50? It’s not worth it. Open it up to any decent prospects, not just shortstops, and you can help the club in the coming years.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Was that really necessary? Wigginton is something the Yankees need right now, they’re bench is pretty bad, and they’re bullpen which was pretty good last year is struggling up the ying-yang this year. At the expense of a player like Nunez who couldn’t replace Jeter’s shoes anyway, and would only be a starter on a bad team like the Royals, Pirates, Orioles, etc, I would do it if I was them.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Was that really necessary? Wigginton is something the Yankees need right now, they’re bench is pretty bad, and they’re bullpen which was pretty good last year is struggling up the ying-yang this year. At the expense of a player like Nunez who couldn’t replace Jeter’s shoes anyway, and would only be a starter on a bad team like the Royals, Pirates, Orioles, etc, I would do it if I was them.