Orioles Sign Ty Wigginton
Ty Wigginton left Tampa Bay at just the wrong time, with the Rays becoming a model franchise, all their young, talented pieces coming to maturity at just the right time. Evidently he's now hoping that he can get in on the same youth movement at the right time in Baltimore.
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Wigginton signed a two-year deal with the Orioles this morning, agreeing to a contract that will pay him $6 million. Wigginton appears to be the team's replacement for Kevin Millar, providing a right-handed bat to play at first base and DH, roles he'll likely split with Aubrey Huff. As Rosenthal notes, Wigginton will also probably be the team's backup third baseman.
The more significant aspect of the signing is an added sense of flexibility for Baltimore's lineup, a trend that GM Andy MacPhail has clearly been trying to cultivate during his second offseason in Baltimore. The Orioles
signed traded for Ryan Freel earlier this year for the same reason, and the duo of veterans give Baltimore a little bit of pop (Wigginton hit 23 home runs and 58 RBIs for Houston last year) and a variety of ways to shape their lineup.
What do people think? Good move by MacPhail? Or are the Orioles digging a bit too far? And, just as significantly, what does this do to infielder Chris Gomez, who had signed a minor league deal with the team earlier this offseason? Gomez has to be the hard luck man out, right?
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