Tuesday morning update: Wigginton, Washburn

Posted on February 3rd, 2009 – 9:20 AM
By Joe Christensen

The Orioles have signed Ty Wigginton to a two-year deal, according to Ken Rosenthal, at Foxsports.com. Haven’t seen the money yet, but Wigginton is expected to play first base, DH and back up Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora.

John Hickey, of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, reported yesterday that the Twins and Mariners recently discussed a trade of OF Delmon Young for LHP Jarrod Washburn and C Jeff Clement.

If that’s true — and we haven’t confirmed this – perhaps the Twins had plans to spin Clement off as part of another deal. The Twins have this Mauer guy at catcher, and one of their top prospects is catcher Wilson Ramos.

The Washburn part makes sense, however. The Twins tried getting him last summer. Washburn, a Wisconsin native, will make $10.35 million this season in the final year of his contract. The Mariners are trying to shed salary, so they can add Bobby Abreu or Ken Griffey, Jr., and the Twins have room to add.

Hickey suggests the M’s might be willing to eat part of Washburn’s salary in such a deal. Adding Washburn would give the Twins one veteran in their starting pitching staff. As good as the Twins’ five young starters were last season, it’s overly optimistic to think they’ll all be that healthy and good again in 2009.

If the deal were for Washburn straight up, I’m guessing the Twins’ best offer would be Boof Bonser or Philip Humber, one of their pitchers who are out of options. Again, the key for Seattle in a Washburn deal would be the salary relief.

Update: The Baltimore Sun is reporting Wigginton’s deal is worth $6 million.

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