Phillies acquire Ty Wigginton from Rockies
The Phillies have acquired utility-man Ty Wigginton from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later. Wigginton will make $4 million in each of the next two seasons, the Rockies will pick-up $2 million of that in 2012, he has a $4 million option or $500,00 buyout for 2013
This is a solid pick-up for Ruben Amaro Jr and the Phillies, who needed a versatile player who can fill-in at multiple positions and play extended time at first-base . In 10 big league seasons, Wigginton has averaged 22 home runs and 75 RBI over 162 games. In 16 career games at Citizens Bank Park, Wigginton has three home runs in 54 at-bats, while hitting .296.
Wigginton is a poor man's Michael Cuddyer and comes at a much cheaper rate. He can play multiple positions, but doesn't play any of them well. Look for him to get most of the starts at first base while Ryan Howard is out and maybe give Placido Polonco a rest over at third-base. I assume Charlie will go with the hot bat there and use Polonco as a defensive replacement. This moves also allows Chase Utley to get a few more days off with Wigginton a fine offensive replacement can also play second-base.
Wigginton has also spent time playing in the outfield, playing 27 games last season and 75 games over this 10 year career.
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