• Proctor’s A Wanted Man

    Posted by on July 27th, 2007 · Comments (5)

    From the Post

    Yankees fans may be tired of watching Scott Proctor and Kyle Farnsworth pitch ineffectively for their team, but that hasn’t stopped other major league clubs from being interested in the erratic right-handers.

    According to talent evaluators from AL and NL clubs the Yankees and Devil Rays are moving closer to a deal that would send Proctor to St. Petersburg for utility infielder Ty Wigginton.

    “The Devil Rays really want him,” the source said of Proctor, who may be converted into a starter for Tampa Bay. “The problem is that other teams want him, too.”

    The Dodgers, who had a scout watch Proctor pitch an inning in Wednesday night’s 9-4 victory over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium and were on hand again last night when the red-hot Yankees attempted to bag a four-game sweep, have an interest in bringing Proctor back to the organization where he started his professional career.

    “He didn’t pitch very well [Wednesday] but at least he had his fastball,” the scout said of Proctor, who wasn’t with the team Monday and Tuesday in order to be in Florida for the birth of his son, Cooper.

    I’ve mentioned that Wigginton brings some things to the table. But, now, with Giambi coming back, where would Ty fit in on this team? How much playing time would he get? Is that worth the cost of losing Proctor’s innings?

    It’s almost as if the Yankees are looking at Wigginton with something else in mind…like to play third next season? Nah, that can’t be it, can it?

    Comments on Proctor’s A Wanted Man

    1. baileywalk
      July 27th, 2007 | 8:54 am

      It’s almost as if the Yankees are looking at Wigginton with something else in mind…like to play third next season? Nah, that can’t be it, can it?

      That’s a joke, right? God, I hope it’s a joke.

      I don’t understand what the Yankees’ obsession is with Ty Wigginton. What exactly do they want with a “utility-type player”? A utility guy would never play on this team — Cano, Jeter and A-Rod play every day, and the team already has an extra outfielder in Damon. So what would be the point? Wigginton would be an upgrade offensively over Phillips (but probably a downgrade defensively), but not enough of an upgrade to lose Proctor.

      I really don’t understand why Proctor is being put in the same sentence as Farnsworth. Proctor has blown up a few times this year, but Farnsworth has just been awful. I don’t get why the Yankees seem eager to give Proctor away.

      Unless they think Britton, Ramirez, Beam or SOMEONE (hopefully not Joba) is a better option, I think it’s dangerous to diminish a weakness.

    2. rbj
      July 27th, 2007 | 10:14 am

      Yup, Cashman’s gonna tell Boras that the Yankees have Ty Wigginton as an alternative to A-Rod. Career OPS of 100 vs. 147. That’ll have Boras shaking in his boots.

      Pay Alex the $32 mil per year.

    3. Raf
      July 27th, 2007 | 10:17 am

      I guess Wigginton would be a supersub? He’s not a FT 3b, that’s pretty much for sure.

      With the status of 3b & C, and to a lesser degree, 1B & RF being up in the air, I don’t know if you would want to commit to Wigginton as a starter.

      Given the recent hoopla around Joba (I’ve heard casual fans talking about him), I think he may be in the pen for the stretch run, if not the playoffs. He may get the call if either Proctor or Farnsworth is traded.

    4. JohnnyC
      July 27th, 2007 | 12:16 pm

      You’re right, Mike Francesa now qualifies as a “casual fan.” It amazes me how much this man doesn’t know about the sports he supposedly covers. And, to boot, he’s allegedly a Yankees fan. Throw him in the pot with Lupica: alleged Yankees fans whose hatred of Steinbrenner clouds all rational perspective on the actual team itself. At least Lupica doesn’t have a hard-on for Torre.

    5. July 27th, 2007 | 1:09 pm

      Proctor does have terrible periphereals so I wouldn’t really mind him leaving but Wigginton doesn’t really fit unless the Yankees plan on trading Damon. Trade Damon and have Phillips and Wigginton split time at first? That works for me.

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