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Phillies trade for Ty Wigginton

Posted on: November 20, 2011 7:10 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2011 10:33 pm
By Matt Snyder

The Phillies have acquired utility infielder Ty Wigginton from the Rockies for either cash or a player to be named later, the Rockies announced Sunday. Multiple reports indicate the Rockies will pick up half the $4 million Wigginton is due in 2012.

Wigginton, 34, will serve multiple purposes for the Phillies. He's played everywhere but center field, catcher and pitcher in his career. He's best used at first or third base but also serviceable at second. Considering Chase Utley and Placido Polanco missed their fair share of games last season, Wigginton will serve as a good spot starter probably a few times a week when the entire lineup is healthy. He's also capable of playing left field if need be, as Raul Ibanez is a free agent and unlikely to re-sign in Philly.

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And then there's first base. All-Star slugger Ryan Howard ruptured his Achilles tendon on the final play of Game 5 of the NLDS and had surgery after the season. The Phillies believe he'll be ready by the start of the season, but that's awfully aggressive. The Phillies have signed Jim Thome, but he hasn't played first base regularly in years. Wigginton should help the Phillies ease Howard back on the field.

Another layer to consider is that the Phillies have reportedly been very interested in free agent Michael Cuddyer. It's entirely possible they land Cuddyer and just stick him in left field, but his addition definitely isn't near as important now, as Wiggington can serve a similar purpose. Plus, they have to give prospect Domonic Brown an extended look at some point, right? Honestly, I feel like the Wigginton addition means they'll back off Cuddyer. But it's too early to tell.

Wigginton hit .242/.315/.416 with 21 doubles, 15 homers and eight stolen bases in 446 plate appearances last season for Colorado. The Phillies will become the veteran's seventh big-league team in 11 total seasons.

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Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 6:30 pm

Phillies trade for Ty Wigginton

Trading Wigginton opens the door for Cuggyer in Colorado. The Phillies should trade Trever May to the Angels for  ss Jean Segura or to the Reds for SS Billy Hamilton. I'll bet the Phillies could have worked a trake to Arizona for Paul Goldschmidt before they traded Allen then get rid of Howard. But with Allen gone Paul will be rookie of the year in the NL and Matt More gets the AL rookie of the year and I have them both in my league. IfI was a GM i'd look at all teams minors go after them you could field a team with 22 year olds and yes win.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:32 pm

Phillies trade for Ty Wigginton

the phillies don't owe that bust domonic brown anything, let alone a look in 2012! please. mayberry earned that job this over over brown or wiggy. don't sell me d. brown again cbs !

Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 6:46 pm

Phillies trade for Ty Wigginton

Like i said if you want to be the "lessor of the losers" than go ahead. Same results....NO RING

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: November 21, 2011 5:48 pm

Phillies trade for Ty Wigginton

i guess noone is looking at this from my point of view?? this is a great move. we get a guy thats cheap tthat can play multiple posirtions like cuddy. instead of spending the money on cuddy they get him. now this sets them up for something big. maybe a reyes signing or a wright trade? the phillies will spend big on someone and its not gonna be rollins.......

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 2:31 pm

Phillies trade for Ty Wigginton

+With this move cheaply by the Phillies sets up what I thought might happen since David Wright stays in New York. The Rockies picked up Brandon Wood still young and dumped Wigginton in the Phillies lap now Colorado can go after Cuddyer. They were lookingatr him anyway Along with David Wright.  The Phillies should have gotten Cuddyer and shiped Jimmy Rollins to Cincy for the young ss Billy Hamilton and saved a lot of money and better leadoff hitter with Billy stealing 100 bases last year yes he strikes out a lot but 100 steals anyway a true leadoff hitter. Ty isen't the worst guy the Phillies could have gotten but Cuddyer is surly the better pickup

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 12:40 pm

Phillies trade for Ty Wigginton

No I would have to say your Red Soxs were a bigger failure than the Phillies since they did make the playoffs and your team didnt. You also spent as much money as the Phillies did but again they made the playoffs you didnt. So I would have to say the Red Soxs were a bigger loser this year

Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 10:56 am

Phillies trade for Ty Wigginton

Ty Wigginton is just another guy. Every team in the majors has at least 5 guys just like him on their team. They're called bench "utility" players. Nothing special about this move at all.

Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 9:13 am

Phillies trade for Ty Wigginton

i think this is a good move for the phils. the bench had zero pop last year and adding thome and wigginton will certainly help. hopefully this will keep them from doing something crazy(like signing cuddyer to a huge deal), I'd rather lock up hamels and sign a shortstop like reyes than splurge on an outfielder, with dom brown and mayberry jr. as low cost options, they should be able to afford an upgrade at ss.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 6:57 am

Phillies trade for Ty Wigginton

lumpoco ... I guess you don't follow basball much, but at the end of the World Series, the Phillies were installed as 2012 favorite at 4-1 with the Yanks at 5-1 and both the Cardinals and Red Sox at 7-1. I may be a Phillies fan, but I try not to make statements without some fact to back it up. Here's the link :

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 2:43 am

Phillies trade for Ty Wigginton

I remember when Wigginton first played for the Mets....He was touted as one of the sports rising stars. Since then he has shown everything but THAT. Best of luck to him, but landing with the Phillies is probably the worst thing that can happen to his career. Sure he will get plenty of starts in the infield, but the Phillies are not favored to make it back to the World Series any time soon....

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