Yankees have inquired about Ty Wigginton


Via Jon Heyman, the Yankees have reached out to the Phillies about the availability to Ty Wigginton following Alex Rodriguez‘s hand injury. We heard the club would explore the trade market and consider all options when looking for a replacement third baseman on Wednesday morning.

Wigginton, 34, owns an 83 wRC+ this year including a 102 mark against left-handers. He has a rep for being versatile but he’s really just a first baseman who plays a bunch of different positions because he managers still think it’s 2005 keep running him out there. Wigginton has a $4M club option in his contract for next season that will surely be declined by whoever employs him at the end of the season. The Phillies may end up keeping him for the remainder of this year because of Placido Polanco’s nagging back trouble, however.

Categories : Asides, Trade Deadline


  1. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Please no.

  2. blake says:

    no thanks

  3. Knoxvillain says:

    Nope. He’s sucked wang this year and has always been overrated.

  4. Get Phelps Up says:

    As I said in the Stephen Drew thread, I have no interest in someone who will be only a marginal upgrade if an upgrade at all.

    Get Headley or roll with what you have.

  5. vin says:

    I have the same response to when cashier’s ask me if I want to sign up for their store’s credit card. “No thanks, I’m good.”

  6. AC says:

    Marginal upgrade means they don’t give up a lot to get a 3 month rental. These are the deals Cashman is looking to do. Learn to accept it. He’s not giving up top guys for a 3 month rental.

    • Bunt Gardner says:

      Calling Wigginton a marginal upgrade is being generous.

      • AC says:

        He’s got a little more offensive pop than Nix. But id say Nix can play better DEF 3b, SS , 2b and corner OF spots. Besides what Nux gave you today he’s only a slight upgrade over Ramiro Pena with bat

        • Bunt Gardner says:

          That’s true, but Ty has been below replacement level on defense, so I view him as actually worse than in house options.

  7. cheddar says:

    Chavez should the regular 3B while Alex is hurt. What’s the point of having someone as a backup if you’re afraid to play him when the regular is hurt?

    • TheLastClown says:

      The point is choosing not to ignore Chavez’ prolific injury history. He himself acknowledges that he’s prone to getting hurt.

      He’s a valuable asset, unless you break him.

  8. Nathan says:

    If for nothing else, it keeps Chavez off the field most of the time. I appreciate Chavy, be he’s fragile.

  9. Jersey Joe says:

    I just barfed in my mouth.

    -1.2 WAR, and he can barely play first, let alone third base.

  10. Travis L. says:

    What’s wrong with platooning Chavez and Nix? Spend that non-prospect on someone to help with the catching!! I’d prefer John Jaso, if we can get another Seattle player on this team. Also, heard that the Brewers were becoming sellers…would you guys rather have Ichiro or Aoki?

  11. Omerta says:

    No way…Did you see him today on a pop up to third,dropped it.Again no way.

  12. wilcymoore27 says:

    Chavez should be Alex’s replacement. What are we worried about his injury history for? He’s got 6 to 8 weeks to play full-time. If he gets hurt, you deal with it then. He’s a professional athlete, for God’s sake, and he played enough games for Oakland to win 5 gold gloves. We should be able to count on him for less than two months.

  13. Robinson Tilapia says:

    This was one of the first guys I thought of when thinking about deadline acquisitions. However, I often think it’s 2005 as well.

    The idea is not to get someone to replace Alex. The idea is to get someone to spell Chavez. It’s about depth and flexibility for the stretch run.

    It may not be Wigginton, but someone who could give solid production and, frankly, be an upgrade over Jayson Nix and Ramiro Pena, in limited action the rest of the year.

    The name that still rings to mind is Scutaro, but I’m sure people with deeper knowledge of other teams’ rosters than I do can come up with other names.

  14. Adayoff says:

    It would be easier to live with poor offensive output at 3B if the Yankees had a catcher who did not live at the Mendoza line. The A-Rod problem is short term. The Russell Martin problem at catcher is a problem that lingers into the 2013 season, or until one of the rug rats are ready to move up. Why not live with the Chavez-Nix-Pena/Nunez troika until Alex is back but insert a stronger bat in the Catcher position. My vote is Ryan Doumit. He just signed a two year extension @$3M. He’ll hit 270 with some pop. The Twins don’t need him. They can take Russell Martin or Francisco Cervelli back, plus a mid level guy.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I think catcher could be an area of upgrade, but an upgrade at UTL represents a greater need to me. It’s certainly a possibility both could be addressed in some way.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      The Twins don’t need him so they gave him a 2-year extension.

      Makes sense.

  15. 28 this year says:

    Wow, overreact much guys. The fact that we are hearing about this means Cashman already passed on this option. When was the last time you heard the Yankees inquiring and then making a deal? The deal comes out of nowhere, what we hear about is what Cashman was doing a week ago. This obviously isn’t happening.

  16. John Y. says:

    The Yankees will be fine without A-Rod. They adapted to the other injuries and this one will be no different. They do not need to jump ship on guys like Wigginton.

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