Pete Abraham reports that Ty Wigginton, Daniel Cabrera and Willy Taveras were non-tendered, and the same with Scott Proctor. As reported late last night, the Yanks let Britton and Christian go.
Stats and comment:
Britton wore out I-80 between Scranton and NY last year. The “supersized” reliever probably wore out every McDonalds on the way as well. No decision or saves for the Yanks, as he saw mostly garbage time action. ERA 5.09, ERA+ 87. He’ll be 26 in a few days. Career 0-3, 3.83, ERA+ 118 in 89 1/3 IP.
Christian is 28 and finally made the majors in 2008, going 10 for 40 with 7 SB. In the Puerto Rican Winter League, he is hitting .294-3-17 with 12 SB in 143 AB.
Proctor’s elbow started barking in 2008 after he had pitched in 83 games in both 2006 and 2007. Torre abuse? In 2008 he struggled to 2-0, 6.05, ERA+ 70. He’ll be 32 next month and is 16-10, 4.42 (ERA+ 100) for his career.
Taveras is like Brett Gardner. Fast, no power. Since the Yanks already have Gardner, they should not make a play for Taveras. 27 on Christmas Day, Taveras hit .251-1-26, 68 SB but an OPS+ of just 56. Career, .283, OPS+ just 72.
Cabrera ticked the Yanks off with his pitching inside. The Yanks’ rotation is pretty much set now, and Cabrera was just 8-10, 5.25 (ERA+ 86) last year. The 27 year old is 48-59, 5.05, ERA+ 90 for his career. He was 3-0, 5.32 vs. the Yanks last year, however.
Now for Wigginton. He may want to start somewhere, who knows. As for the Yanks’ bank account, how much money do they have left? Is Andy coming back, or are they going for Sheets? What about Cameron? But consider Wigginton. He’d be an upgrade over Cody Ransom as far as a utility man goes. That, or better yet, a nice complement. Wigginton has been eyed by the Yanks (and me) for a while. 31, and he hit .285-23-58 in 2008 for the Astros. OPS+ 128. Career .270 hitter, OPS+ 105. Versatile. Good pop off the bench. Can’t play SS (Ransom can), but can play 1b (on days when Swisher can move to corner OF to give Nady or Damon a rest). Can play 2b or 3B, also some corner OF. His infield/of and Swisher’s 1b/of versatility could help the Yanks. The Yanks could have a starting nine of Posada, Swisher, Cano, Jeter, Alex, Damon, Cameron (provided that deal gets done), Nady and Matsui. The bench could be Molina, Wigginton, Ransom and Gardner. Ransom and Wigginton utility infielders, Swisher and Wigginton could be corner OF (Swisher CF if emergency) when not at 1b, Gardner backup OF, def. replacement, PR, CF, and Molina backup C.
Wigginton made $4.35M in 2008. Can the Yanks squeeze him in? He has NY experience from the Mets days of 2002-2004.
Go for it, Brian. Upgrade the bench.