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.
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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