Trade winds blowing at Camden Yards
Two weeks before the July 31 trade deadline, it is clear that infielders Ty Wigginton and Miguel Tejada have emerged as the Orioles' two biggest trade chips.
There are multiple teams in on Wigginton, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. The Orioles and Phillies have been discussing Wigginton for several weeks, but Philadelphia also has interest in Tejada. Placido Polanco is getting ready to come off the disabled list and he could go back to second base in place of the injured Chase Utley. The Phillies then could acquire Tejada or Wigginton to play third.
The Rangers' interest in Wigginton is also legit, and they have a scout at Camden Yards tonight. I'm guessing that with Justin Smoak being traded in the Cliff Lee deal, the Rangers could use Wigginton in a first-base platoon with the left-handed hitting Chris Davis.
Either way, I'd be shocked if Wigginton is still an Oriole come Aug. 1. There is a lot of interest out there. I think the Orioles would do well to get two mid-level prospects back for him.
Tejada, I'm not as sure about. But I know there are teams that think Tejada would really elevate his game in a pennant race.
The Yankees, Rays, Astros, Dodgers and Mets are among the teams that have scouts at tonight's game.