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Orioles seeking young shortstop for Wigginton

Posted on: June 24, 2010 11:01 am
Ty Wigginton The Baltimore Orioles want a young shortstop and are trying to use Ty Wigginton to get one.

The problem, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, is that no team will deal a young shortstop for Wigginton, even though the utilityman is having a strong season for the Orioles.

The Rangers (seeking a right-handed bat ) and Rockies (looking for a second baseman ) have been linked to Wigginton, but neither has young shortstops they would be willing to deal.

Texas has Elvis Andrus anchoring the position and will do so for years to come with a blend of offense and fantastic defense. The Rangers do have Jurickson Profar, but he's 16 years old and light-years away. Not only would Texas likely be unwilling to move someone with such a high ceiling, the Orioles may not be interested, as they'd be seeking someone who could join the major-league club fairly quickly.

The Rockies have toolsy shortstop Hector Gomez, but his star has plummeted and now looks like he'll never reach the promised land. At 22, he's played sparingly at Double-A. It's likely Baltimore would be the one to say no. The Rockies do have Eric Young, Jr. who can play second base but he is not a strong defender there and the Orioles are set with Brian Roberts at the keystone position.

It wasn't all too long ago that baseball was in a golden age for shortstops, when everyone seemed to have high-tool shortstops on the roster. Those days are long gone, however, and Baltimore will have to adjust its expectations if they hope to use Wigginton to fortify future clubs.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2010 5:32 pm

Orioles seeking young shortstop for Wigginton

How is having Roberts at 2b make you set at that position?  He is going to be 33 and has barely played at all this year.  He probably won't play again until August and at what effectiveness.  That is should being set with your $10 mil. dollar player?  Also remember he is an acknowledged ex steroids player who is beginning to break down.  Baltimore should be trading him for whatever decent prospects they can get.  Knowing MacFAIL, it will be ex-Cub over-hyped prospects.  Good luck with him and that Baltimore.  You deserve so much better.

Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2010 3:29 pm

Orioles seeking young shortstop for Wigginton

Here is a news flash, GOOD PLAYERS COST MONEY!!! The red sox and yankees sell out all their games and their fans buy all their merchandise, thats why we can afford those players, and there is revenue sharing in baseball look it up. I am from boston and this is the only time you will hear me back up the yankees, the yankees have great and loyal fans so do the red sox. Someone tell Baltimore fans to start buying the merch and going to the games. Ever been to boston?? We live for the red sox!! and will not allow ownership to put crap on the field like baltimore teams with money have it for a reason my man, and thats better mnagement and better fans thats the difference in baseball, love it or leave it

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2010 3:17 pm

Wigginton for a young SS?????

That is hilarious!! What team in their right mind would give up a young SS for a guy that has had 1 good month of his career?  He is the best player on a horrible team.  Any contender (since the O's wont be for years to come) would never give up a prospect to bring in a journeyman for the rest of a year.  This could be the problem with Baltimore, they want things but dont have any talent to give up to get them.  Maybe try having a good draft for once and create your own prospects rather than have to shop aroud a 30 something utility man that is not that good to begin with.

Since: Jan 15, 2010
Posted on: June 24, 2010 2:20 pm

Orioles seeking young shortstop for Wigginton

Will they be able to maintain it? Seems like not long ago they were mired in losing seasons. What happens when all their players reach the promised land of Free Agency? How many can they resign? Can they develop the players now to take their place?

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2010 2:06 pm

Orioles seeking young shortstop for Wigginton

so how are the rays good then?

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2010 1:20 pm

Orioles seeking young shortstop for Wigginton

I feel sorry for the O's.  Here is a team that has to have career years from all their players to have a chance at winning their division or the wild card.  With the Yankees and the Red Sox able to buy the best players that have to develop young talent and hope they all come together at the same time.  This is what is wrong with baseball.  There are teams who buy their way to the top and others have to hope every three to five years that everything comes together.  I remember when the O's were able to be contenders.  Good luck Baltimore maybe there can baseball can move you to a division where two teams buy all the best players.

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