Last night Ty Wigginton got into it with first base umpire Gary Darling
when Darling totally blew the call on a pickoff of J.J. Hardy. As you can see from the video, Wigginton got all up in Darling’s face, bumped chests, flailed arms and generally acted like a lunatic. I feel for the guy — he tagged Hardy twice by my estimation — but you just can’t get after the ump like that and not expect some discipline. He got it today: three game suspension and he’s going to be fined.
The Orioles say that Wigginton is going to appeal the suspension, so he’s good to play until then. Of course, Wigginton is on the trading block too, and I’m guessing that whoever gets him is going to want him available as soon as the deal is done. So, if Wigginton abruptly drops the suspension, I guess that’s a pretty good sign he’s about to get shipped off, no?
Free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock has landed on the Dodgers’ radar, and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal says the two appear to be in discussions regarding a deal for 2019. Terms of any prospective deal have not been released, but interest is presumed to be fairly high as he checks two boxes on their wish list: that of a right-handed hitter and an experienced centerfielder.
Pollock, 31, rounded out a seven-year career with the Diamondbacks in 2018. While he was sidelined for nearly seven weeks after fracturing his left thumb on a dive gone wrong, he finished the season batting a hearty .257/.316/.484 with a career-best 21 home runs, 13 steals (in 15 chances), and 2.5 fWAR across 460 plate appearances. He received a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the club at the end of the year and elected to enter free agency in hopes of a better deal, which some have estimated at five years and $80 million.
So far, it’s not clear whether teams are willing to meet those terms. Pollock profiles as both a solid hitter and defender, but he hasn’t played a season in full health since 2015, which may be a deal-breaker for those in search of long-term talent. Even with that caveat, however, the Dodgers are far from the only club willing to enter negotiations with the outfielder this winter. The Braves have been linked to Pollock since December, and the Mets and Reds have expressed varying levels of interest as well.