Orioles: Wigginton on board, too
The pending acquisition of infielder Ty Wigginton -- who is expected to sign a two-year contract after he passes a physical -- raises as many questions as it answers. Does he play first base, and if he does, when Aubrey Huff moves back to the designated hitter slot, does Luke Scott become available to trade?
Really don't know the answer to that yet. Since Scott probably isn't going to get you a decent starting pitcher, I assume the Orioles go to spring training with everybody and see how it all shakes out. Odds are, somebody gets banged up during the extended exhibition season, and Wigginton provides flexibility at a number of positions. The two-year guaranteed contract would assure that one hole will automatically be filled when Melvin Mora and Huff become eligible for free agency after the upcoming season.
Still searching for the old Andy MacPhail, who has been so busy the past month he's starting to make my head spin. Not the Linda Blair/Exorcist kind of head spin, but something similar. The guy is supposed to be the most conservative, methodical GM in the business and he's made more moves than just about anybody else in the game.
Wigginton (upper left) provides the additional right-handed power bat the club has been looking for all winter and upgrades the team's offensive potential. The pitching staff remains incomplete, but MacPhail has made good on his promise to significantly upgrade the organization's position depth. This is not, however, good news for any of the position guys hoping to make the jump from the minor leagues this year.
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