Who knew that the market for versatile infielders could be plentiful?
Jose Lopez could be an option for the Tigers, Wes Helms has drawn interest from the Yankees and Rangers and other like-minded players are available as well, such as Jose Bautista and Jorge Cantu.
The player most bandied about at the trade deadline, however, has been Ty Wigginton of the Orioles. Incredibly versatile, Wiggy has had a strong season at the plate although he sandwiched a cold streak in between his raking. Virtually every team in contention has been linked to Wigginton, and AOL Fanhouse's Jeff Fletcher specifies three recent teams: the Giants, Rangers and Angels.
The Rangers are an unsurprising team, as they are on the hunt for a right-handed infielder and Wigginton is a logical fit. The Giants are more curious, as GM Brian Sabean is adamant he does not want to bring in a "rental" player. Wigginton is eligible to be a free agent after the season, but Sabean could be persuaded into Wigginton given he would cost less than players such as Jayson Werth.
Speaking of Werth, could the Phillies also be a candidate for Wigginton? If the rumors that Werth is headed out in favor for starting pitcher Roy Oswalt are true, that lineup will suddenly get very left-handed. Wiggy could be a jack-of-all-trades, primarily playing second base until Chase Utley returns from injury and then filling in all over. The two sides have already reportedly discussed Wigginton.
Back to Fletcher's other named team: the Angels. Los Angeles doesn't have much in the way of high-level prospects to deal and have already tried to get Alberto Callaspo from the Royals. While it's not clear if Baltimore would accept Sean O'Sullivan and an additional fringe prospect for Wigginton, you would think that the Angels would at least keep Wigginton in mind.
Another team that could use Wiggy is the Detroit Tigers, who lost Brandon Inge for over a month and already had a compromised shortstop conundrum.
And of course, the Yankees, as they are wont to do, have interest in everybody on the market including Wigginton. (Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports did say that the Yankees are focusing in on Helms and the Indians' Jhonny Peralta, as Wigginton's price is understandably high.)
The Rockies have also been linked to Wigginton as they seek to import a better second baseman than Clint Barmes.
The market for Wigginton is robust, and it's a near lock that he is traded clear to the deadline. The only question is: where? There are so many fits, it will all depend on which team is willing to give up the most.
-- Evan Brunell
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