According to Dan Martin of the New York Post, righthander Kevin Millwood and super utility man Ty Wigginton are open to playing for the Mets if the Orioles become sellers between now and the trade deadline.
Martin says that despite his 0-5 record, the 35-year-old Millwood has pitched well in his first season with Baltimore. He currently has a 3.89 ERA this season with a 1.27 WHIP and 58 strikeouts in 74 innings pitched.
“I wouldn’t mind pitching in New York,” Kevin Millwood said before Baltimore lost 3-1 to the Yankees last night in the Bronx. “It’s a great city. But it’s not really up to me whether I do or don’t.”
Millwood also had a solid season last season, going 13–10 with a 3.67 ERA in 31 starts for the Texas Rangers.
As for Wigginton, he has played some first and third base, but has spent most of the season playing second base, a position the Mets could certainly upgrade with his bat.
Wigginton is making just $3.5MM this season in the final year of his contract and is having another solid season batting .282 with 13 home runs and 32 RBI.
“I absolutely loved playing there,” Wigginton said of his time with the Mets, where he came up in 2002. “But I really don’t think about what’s going to happen with trades and all that.”
Obviously, both Wiggy and Millwood would be solid additions to a team that lacks depth on the bench and in the rotation. They may be easier to acquire than Astros’ ace Roy Oswalt or Cliff Lee of the Mariners.