BOSTON, July 1 (UPI) -- The New York Yankees, hoping to fill one of their few remaining holes, on Monday acquired outfielder Raul Mondesi from the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league pitcher Scott Wiggins.
New York is a season-high two games in front of the Boston Red Sox in the American League East but has been concerned about its lack of production from its corner outfielders.
With left fielder Rondell White signed to a multi-year contract, the Yankees turned their attention to right field, where Shane Spencer and John Vander Wal split time.
Spencer is hitting just .247 with five homers and 24 RBI while Vander Wal is batting .278 with three homers and 15 RBI.
The 31-year-old Mondesi is hitting just .224 with 15 homers and 45 RBI in 75 games this season but is a multi-dimensional player who joins one of baseball's most potent lineups.
Toronto has been actively shopping Mondesi, who did not fit in its long-term plans and was a salary nightmare. He is scheduled to make $11 million this season and $13 million in 2003.
Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi revealed that New York is picking up most of Mondesi's contract over the remainder of the deal.
Mondesi is a career .278 hitter with 229 homers and 714 RBI in 1,236 games. He has one of the strongest throwing arms in the game, a feature that should come in handy in right field at Yankee Stadium.
Wiggins, a 26-year-old lefthander, was 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 24 games for Norwich of the Eastern League. Wiggins has held opponents to a .192 batting average this season.