Tag:Ty Wigginton
Posted on: August 17, 2010 9:51 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 9:52 pm
 

O's won't deal Scott, Wigginton

Luke Scott The Orioles won't be trading Luke Scott (pictured) or Ty Wigginton, as the two did not clear trade waivers as the Baltimore Sun 's Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec report .

Scott, under team control through 2012, is one of the team's best power-hitters and it is unsurprising the team has opted to keep him in the fold. He has 22 home runs in 396 plate appearances, currently enjoying one of the best seasons of his career as a 32-year-old. Even though Baltimore has the AL's worst record and is just one off being the worst team in the majors, there is plenty of talent -- both young and old -- on the team.

Wigginton, on the other hand, is an impending free agent and despite being an All-Star, hasn't contributed much with the bat lately, causing him to be overrated. There's really no cause for the Orioles to hang onto Wigginton and they missed a prime opportunity to get value for the utility infielder.

Andy MacPhail, the president of baseball operations, doesn't envision B-more making any deals before the postseason roster deadline of August 31, which makes no sense. A rebuilding club that needs young blood to compete in an ultra-competitive AL East and zero hope of contention in 2010 should be making moves looking towards the future. While the O's have made great strides in talent procurement under MacPhail, the team's stagnant approach to dealing commodities that are not relevant to their future is baffling.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:46 pm
 

O's nearly finished with waiver process

Don't look for the Orioles to trade off any of their veteran players, the Baltimore Sun reports .

Citing a source, the newspaper says the team is almost done with the waivers process:According to a team source, it’s looking unlikely that they’ll make any trades. A couple of their more movable commodities, including Luke Scott, were claimed and have since been pulled off waivers. It’s still not impossible that they’ll do something minor by the end of the month, but it looks like the guys that have been talked about the most – Scott, Ty Wigginton, Jeremy Guthrie – will finish the season as Orioles. Wigginton, a popular name leading up the non-waiver trade deadline, is the only one of the three that may have really had an impact on a race. Several teams, including the Braves and Cardinals, could use a third baseman, but it's unlikely Wigginton would get to them on waivers.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 11:29 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 11:34 pm
 

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

Chone Figgins
The Braves are trying to hold off the surging Phillies in the National League East, and now they're minus one Hall of Fame third baseman. You'd have to think their level of desperation is high right now.

Some are suggesting the Mariners could leverage that desperation to unload an ill-advised contract. Chone Figgins couldn't replace the things Chipper Jones did, but decent major-league help is tough to come by now that the non-waiver trade deadline has passed. Only players making more than their value can slip through, and Figgins, owed a minimum of $26 million and three more years on the contract he signed last winter, is highly unlikely to be snapped up.

The Mariners and Braves reportedly had discussions about Figgins at the deadline that weren't terribly serious, but Atlanta's situation has changed. And so has Seattle's since the Mariners signed Figgins thinking they were contenders. As the Seattle Times points out, the Mariners are paying $27 million of their $90 million payroll to two players: Figgins and Ichiro Suzuki. Thirty percent of your payroll for two leadoff hitters is absurd, and you know they're not trading Ichiro.

The Braves have other options. They can move Martin Prado to third and play Omar Infante every day. They can try to trade for Baltimore's Ty Wigginton, though Wigginton is a longer shot to clear waivers. But Figgins is ridiculously hot right now (batting .405/.436/.486 in August), and despite his contract, he could make the difference in whether the Braves make the playoffs by a game or miss by a game.

Are the Braves desperate enough to make this deal? Are the Mariners willing to pick up enough of Figgins' contract to make it happen? Hard to say, but you've got to think there's at least going to be a phone call between Frank Wren and Jack Zduriencik.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 4:53 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 7:35 pm
 

Youkilis out for year

Kevin Youkilis Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters Thursday afternoon that first baseman Kevin Youkilis will have to have surgery on his injured thumb and is out for the year.

Youkilis tore a muscle in his right thumb on Monday, and was to be examined by a hand specialist Thursday.

"He'll be immobilized for approximately six weeks and then be re-evaluated from there," Francona said. "I think Youkilis was pretty resolved to the fact that this was probably going to happen."

It's a big blow to the Red Sox, who are six back in the American League wild-card race. Youkilis was batting .307/.411/.564 with 19 homers and 62 RBI. The Red Sox might turn out to be lucky they were unable to pawn off Mike Lowell, who has had nowhere to play this season but now looks like the starter at first.

If Boston decides to pursue a first baseman, the options appear limited. Ty Wigginton, Lyle Overbay and Derrek Lee are among first-base options who didn't move before the non-waiver deadline, but it's unclear whether they could get through waivers. The Mariners would probably let Russell Branyan go. Teams have reportedly been looking at Carlos Delgado, who hasn't played since last year and is recovering from hip surgery.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Lowell was in the lineup at first again Thursday. Francona told reporters the plan is to have him at first for three games of the four-game series against the Yankees. He said the other first-base options on the current roster are Victor Martinez, David Ortiz and Jed Lowrie.

UPDATE: The Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox will work out Delgado in the next few days. There have been reports that the White Sox, Rockies, Angels and Mariners have called about Delgado recently.

UPDATE: Delgado's agent, tells the Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzalez that he's talked to the White Sox and says, "Carlos will be wearing a uniform for someone next week."

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:48 am
 

Braves holding breath on Prado

Martin Prado
The Braves say X-rays on All-Star second baseman Martin Prado's right pinky finger were inconclusive Friday night, and he'll undergo further tests Saturday.

Prado injured the hand sliding headfirst into home, scoring the final run in the Braves' 6-4, 10-inning victory. It appeared that Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez stepped on Prado's hand.

Losing Prado for any length of time would be a blow to the Braves, who have a 3 1/2-game lead on the Phillies in the National League East. He's batting .316/.357/.487 with a NL-leading 137 hits, and has 13 homers and 42 RBI.

If the Braves get bad news on Prado on Saturday, they might have to move fast to get someone to fill in (Brooks Conrad is Prado's backup, batting .238 but with some pop). The trade deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. Ty Wigginton is still available, and they might be able to get in on the Cubs' Ryan Theriot. The Marlins' Dan Uggla and the Oakland's Mark Ellis are more expensive options whose availability is not clear.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 9:42 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 3:46 am
 

Rangers open to adding 2B

Jon Daniels
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has had a great year, putting together a first-place team and then adding to it with Cliff Lee and Jorge Cantu despite financial constraints.

Well, Daniels might not be done. He indicated to the Dallas Morning News on Thursday that the groin strain suffered by All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler is going to keep him out until "mid- to late-August," and he's open to another trade to make sure the Rangers are covered at second.

Cantu, acquired from Florida on Thursday, has played second, but not with any regularity since 2006. The Rangers want him to stick with first base.

"We're still open-minded," Daniels said. "I think we can be a little more selective now. I don't think we have to do anything else. But if we can improve the club without cutting into our core, we'd be open to that. I don't think you are ever done."

The Rangers are currently playing Joaquin Arias and Andres Blanco at second. There are a few players thought to be available who can play second, including Dan Uggla (although he's still owed about $2.6 million, and you'd think he would have been packaged with Cantu if Texas was interested), Ty Wigginton and possibly Adam Kennedy and Ryan Theriot.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 4:40 pm
 

Cubs' Lee vetoed deal to Anaheim


Derrek Lee We'd heard before that the Cubs Derrek Lee wasn't interested in going anywhere at the trade deadline, but now we know he won't be headed anywhere until after the season. Lee invoked his 10-5 rights to block a trade to the Angels, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports .

While it was an interesting discussion in a vacuum whether Lee would use his no-trade rights, the fact that he did -- and vetoed the trade to Southern California -- comes as a bit of a surprise.

The Angels have rumored to have interest in Lee ever since Kendry Morales suffered a season-ending celebration injury. Lee seemed a natural fit, he's a free agent after the season and the Cubs are out of the race. It also seemed too good to be a good match because Lee makes his offseason home in California, why wouldn't he want to head home and perhaps participate in a pennant race.

Lee wouldn't expound on his choice to Muskat, nor would Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, who only confirmed her report.

With Lee out of the equation, it does make sense that the Angels are now shifting their focus to Prince Fielder. He'll be much more expensive, but if Lee's unavailable, it's either a lesser player such as Jorge Cantu or Ty Wigginton or go for bust, and that's Fielder or Adam Dunn.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 5:24 pm
 

Wigginton to appeal suspension


Ty Wigginton The Orioles' Ty Wigginton will appeal his three-game suspension and $2,500 for his outburst against umpire Gary Darling on Thursday, the Baltimore Sun reports .

Wigginton is a popular trade target at the  moment and his appeal could hurt his trade value -- or at least the immediacy of a trade. Wigginton is in the lineup for the Orioles tonight against the Twins.

It seems inevitable Wigginton will be moved by next week's trade deadline, and the best-case scenario for the Orioles is to have Wigginton's suspension behind him before the deadline.

For his part, Wigginton told the Sun he was surprised by the suspension, even though he did make contact, it was in the classic Oriole way with an Earl Weaver-like belly bump.

"I've never been suspended and it's only my second ejection that I can remember," Wigginton said. "The other one I just got a little fine and it was over with. This is the first time there's been anything else. We'll figure out how it works."

Wigginton said he didn't think he bumped Darling, but it appeared pretty clear on replays that he did.

Baltimore manager Juan Samuel is also expected to be fined, but not suspended.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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