Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sorry Wiggy, Hello Miggy

Ty Wigginton's chance to earn a starting job disappeared yesterday, when the Orioles signed Miguel Tejada to a 1 year deal worth $6 million. It's somewhat surprising to see them bring back a player with so many mixed experiences when he played for the team from 2004-2007. He can definitely still hit for average, and can drive in runs, but don't expect a lot of HR's. As he makes the transition to 3B, I'm thinking he'll bat around .300 with 10-15 HRs and 75-80 RBIs. He could bat 2nd, 4th, or 5th - maybe even 6th. Cleanup would be a stretch, but he may be the best option.

It looks like this means the end of Michael Aubrey's run at a roster spot as well. In fact he could be the player they choose to designate for assignment to make room for Tejada. They'll have to choose someone, other possibilities being Chorye Spoone, Matt Albers, Dennis Sarfate, Craig Tatum, and Lou Montanez.

It will be interesting to see how this affects the progression of prospects Brandon Snyder and Josh Bell, expected to start the year in AAA and finish it as the starting 1B and 3B.

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