Days away from cranking up Spring Training in Ft. Lauderdale, the Orioles front office made a couple nice moves.
First they acquired SP Rich Hill from the Cubs for basically nothing (a player to be named later). The Cubs had no room for him and Sweet Lou had no patience for his walks and since he was out of options, the team needed to cut a deal. Then the club turned around a couple of days later and signed Ty Wiggington to a two-year deal for $6 million.
I like these moves a lot. Hill turned into wild thing last year but the pitcher blames that for back issues he was dealing with at the time. If he can revert to his previous form - and granted, that's no sure thing - then the Orioles will have stolen a very nice #2 or #3 starter for nothing. Remember that Hill was flat nasty in the minors and the 2nd half of 2007 for the Cubs. Lot's of K's which I like and the Orioles badly need.
Wiggington seems a tad expensive for this market but don't forget, he has some pop and is quite versatile. The Birds are fluid at several positions which might really come in handy if they deal some talent - maybe Brian Roberts - at some point during this season. Remember that Wiggington has some experience playing 2nd. See below for proof!
Looking forward to Spring Training!