Ty currently sports a .344 wOBA for the Orioles and was just named to the All-Star team. It’s worth noting, though, that his wOBA has fallen quite a bit each month as the season has progressed. He’s definitely coming back to earth towards that .337 career wOBA. His fielding at third has also been downright awful at third, with a career -16.6 UZR/150.
What’s attractive about Wigginton, though, is his power. He has a career .452 SLG and .183 IsoP. He’s also not an automatic out (.329 OBP, 8.7 BB%). So, he can fake third–and the other positions–and hit for a little pop, which the Yankees could use. As a veteran on the last place Orioles, he could come with the best price tag of the bunch as well. In terms of probability, I think it’s highest for TW to join the Yankees. But, I’d like to take a look at another possible trade candidate: Kansas City’s Alex Gordon.
Gordon started this season poorly and was sent to the minors by the Royals to learn to play the outfield in an attempt to get some more value out of him. I think as a former #1 organizational prospect, Gordon’s still got some upside left and he’s a good guy for the Yankees to look at.
His wOBA is a “meh” .329, but he’s got a .163 career IsoP as well as a 9.6% walk rate so, like Wigginton, he has some pop and won’t just be an auto-out. His fielding isn’t spectacular, a -4.2 raw UZR in his time at third with KC, but it’s not unacceptable. It would appear that Gordon fits the Yankees’ bill as well.
The only roadblock I could see here would be the price. Since Gordon just turned 26 this past February, he’s still relatively young with some upside left. I’d imagine the Royals would ask for a little more than the Orioles would for Wigginton, but Cashman is a shrewd negotiator and could get Dayton Moore to go for something lesser since Gordon’s value is down. We’ve seen him do that before (see: Swisher, Nick; trade of) and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw him do it again.
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