Phillies trade for Wigginton
November 20, 2011
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Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com just tweeted that the Colorado Rockies announced they traded Ty Wigginton to Phillies for a player to be named later or cash.
This is an incredible move for the Phillies, who had their sights set on Michael Cuddyer. Wigginton is a very similar player and would come at a much cheaper price than Cuddyer.
Wigginton plays the corner infield and outfield position, giving the Phils a replacement for Ryan Howard at first as well as someone who can play third base and left field to spell Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and become a replacement for Raul Ibanez.
The 34-year-old journeyman is coming off his worst season with the Rockies, batting .242 with 14 homers and 47 RBIs. Granted he doesn’t put up the numbers Cuddyer does, he doesn’t really need to as long as he can get on base and fill holes in the Phillies offense.
In a tweet by Matt Gelb, Ruben Amaro said, “he views Wigginton mostly as a 1B-3B guy. Can play OF in a pinch. He’s insurance for Howard-Polanco and a bench bat.” Amaro is also still in the hunt for an outfield bat.
This isn’t the first time Amaro has kicked the tires on Wigginton.
“We’ve actually talked about Ty for years,” Amaro said. “We’ve talked about him as a third baseman in the past. We’ve talked about him as a utility guy in the past. We had some discussions with the agents in the past. We just feel like this gives us a different look on the bench and on our club. Who knows how much he’ll play, but at leats he’s a guy who can fill in for an extended period of time.”
Wigginton is set to make $4 million in 2012 but the Phils will only have to pay $2 million of that salary.
On a side note, Shane Victorino welcomed “Wiggy to Philly.”