A while ago I suggested the Yanks pick up Ty Wigginton to help out their bench. It looked like he was going to get a starting job though so I gave up on that idea fairly quickly. However, according to Walt Jocketty, "They're getting close to desperate stage."
He has an undeniably awful glove. However, he can handle a few different positions. He`s spent time at first, second, third, and leftfield. We have first and left covered with Swisher but if either Cano or A-Rod went down, Ransom would be a disaster. From what I`ve read, Ransom isn't all that great in the field either.
Wigginton isn't spectacular and his Giambi-like fielding hurts him but he can be counted on for an EQA around .280. Last year it was even higher, at .290. A good bench often makes the difference and Wigginton will come pretty cheap. He was worth 5.6 million in 2006 and 2007 according to fangraphs.com. Then last year they have him at 13.5 million. I`d bet on him getting less than that. He`d be another nice addition to upgrade the team in a way that's not flashy but is effective.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Friday, December 12, 2008
As teams are making decisions on whether or not to offer contracts to some of their players, the list of non-tenders (courtesy of MLBTR) keeps growing. While most of those players are crap, one potentially useful bench option caught my eye: Ty Wigginton. He hits for a solid average, doesn't walk a ton, but it's enough to get by, and has some decent pop. His career OPS+ is 105, and he has posted an OPS+ over 100 each of the last four years. According to UZR, he is a solid outfielder and second baseman, but is below average at third and first. One obstacle to signing him, however, is that he may get an offer to start somewhere. (Also, look who else was non-tendered).