Phillies Acquire Ty Wigginton From Rockies

The Phillies have acquired utility man Ty Wigginton from the Rockies in exchange for a player to be named or cash, Colorado announced on its official Twitter feed (link).

The teams will split Wigginton's $4MM 2012 salary, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, and the Rox can recoup another player or $100K in cash if the Phils exercise Wigginton's $4MM 2013 option. If the Philly declines Wigginton's 2013 option, the Rockies will pay a portion of the $500K buyout, Renck adds. The player to be named or cash will switch hands within six months, tweets Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.

Wigginton, who turned 34 last month, owns a .265/.325/.443 career line in 10 seasons with the Mets, Pirates, Rays, Astros, Orioles and Rockies, though he's been better against lefties (.274/.353/.461) than righties (.261/.313/.437) by a healthy margin. Wigginton has primarily played third base but has seen action at first base and even logged time at second and in left field.

The Phils had reportedly been pursuing free agent utility man Michael Cuddyer, so it's fair to infer that the acquisition of Wigginton means they're out of the Cuddyer bidding. Cuddyer and Wigginton are roughly comparable players in terms of their positional profiles and age, although Cuddyer, 33 in March, has posted a better offensive line in his career: .272/.343./.451. Wigginton, though, should prove a significantly cheaper addition.

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said he regards Wigginton primarily as a corner infielder and occasional outfielder, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer (Twitter), who adds that Wiggy will be insurance for Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard. The latter suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the Phils' postseason-ending loss to the Cards in the NLCS, so there's some concern over whether he'll be ready on Opening Day.

Wigginton's departure from Colorado should open the door for catcher/first baseman/third baseman Jordan Pacheco, who played well during a late-season cup of coffee in 2011, to fill a similar role in 2012, tweets Renck.


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176 Comments on "Phillies Acquire Ty Wigginton From Rockies"


inleylandwetrust
3 years 9 months ago

Finally. Some sort of real action.

JPH_GSG
3 years 9 months ago

Always been a big Wiggy fan. He’s a great fit for the Phils. He can play first while Howard is out and spell Utley, Polanco, Pence, and Mayberry/whoever is in left field. I’ve heard he’s a great clubhouse guy, too.

3 years 9 months ago

Where does Thome go then?

JPH_GSG
3 years 9 months ago

Nobody in the organization saw Thome playing first everyday while Howard was out. Even Thome said he could only do maybe two days per week at first if he stepped up his conditioning. He’s primarily the lefty off the bench.

3 years 9 months ago

Oh okay thanks.

MrBBSMets6986
3 years 9 months ago

I’ve been a fan of Wiggy for years, hated to see him traded from the Mets years ago. Now, I’m going to be stuck watching him on the hated Phils. My day just got crappier.

3 years 9 months ago

AHA!

MrBBSMets6986
3 years 9 months ago

???

3 years 9 months ago

too bad the Phils are one of the best teams in baseball and the Mets will never go anywhere. Say goodbye to Jose Reyes.

MrBBSMets6986
3 years 9 months ago

Stay classy, Philthydelphia fans. Oh, wait, you root for the Tiantadelphia Philthies, you can’t help it.

Enjoy those 150 million dollar payrolls for your overrated old farts the next few years as you age ungracefully.

phillies206
3 years 9 months ago

yea cause those mets aged even better.  2007 the mets have wright reyes and main the phillies had hamels howard and utley and look who is still contending and who cant fill their stadium

phillies206
3 years 9 months ago

yea cause those mets aged even better.  2007 the mets have wright reyes and main the phillies had hamels howard and utley and look who is still contending and who cant fill their stadium

3 years 9 months ago

Good pick-up I guess?  Can’t really tell without knowing money involved and the mystery player (if there is one).  I’m a little confused as to what the Phillies plan is for SS since I feel like they’ve spent quite a bit of money this offseason.

JPH_GSG
3 years 9 months ago

COL is sending $2MM with Wiggy, so Phils will be paying him the other $2MM. He’s a much cheaper option than Cuddyer (granted he’s not quite as good) so the saved money can be put towards Jimmy or another SS.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

They’re really high on Galvis, wouldn’t be surprised if they just let Rollins walk if he doesn’t accept their terms.

They see him as a scrappy type of ball player, and he projects as a future gold glover.

Matt Smith
3 years 9 months ago

Right-handed bat off the bench, can play both corners. Not a bad deal.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 9 months ago

unexpected…

The_Porcupine
3 years 9 months ago

Not bad.  A cheaper version of Cuddyer.  Can back up Polanco, Utley from their inevitable injuries.  Can play first while Howard’s out.  RH hitter who typically does real well against LH pitchers.  From his time with the Orioles, I’d say he’s more effective with 300-400 at bats then playing him everyday.  Good role player.

Matt Smith
3 years 9 months ago

I think (gut feeling) is they’ll let Jimmy walk and give the position to Freddy Galvis … for better or for worse. That’s just the sense I’m getting.

JST1331
3 years 9 months ago

I really like this move. Can play multiple positions and most of all can contribute offensively. 

3 years 9 months ago

Another aging veteran with declining production. Perfect

vtadave
3 years 9 months ago

Yeah instead of Wigginton for the utility slot, they should have signed Jose Reyes to fill that role.

3 years 9 months ago

Well that wouldnt make sense. Jose Reyes isnt an aging veteran with declining production

JPH_GSG
3 years 9 months ago

Signing Reyes would just block another prospect, Freddy Galvis, who will be ready to go in 2013 or 2014. Galvis also happens to be even younger than Reyes and, more importantly, VERY cost efficient. To sign Reyes would consume most of the remaining budget making it very hard to build a strong enough bench.

3 years 9 months ago

You are assuming that Galvis will provide enough production to make his minimal salary important. Lets be honest, hes no Machado.

3 years 9 months ago

Wow, so signing Reyes would block Galivs, which is bad to you.

Yet I will bet that you LOVE the Paplebon signing, despite the fact that Paps’ salary effectively BLOCKS Bastardo and Stutes from getting a shot at the closer’s job, and they actually have MLB experience and success, which Galvis does not.

Can’t have it both ways brah…

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

You think Stutes could be a closer? That’s funny.

Justin DeFratus or Phillipe Aumont I could see, but you’re stretching the “anybody can close” theory.

3 years 9 months ago

Tell me, honestly, how many times have you seen Aumont pitch, in person?

Be honest..

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

Once. Doesn’t really matter though does it? Reports on him are closer potential. I was just saying that if Papelbon would be “blocking” anybody, those would be better examples than Michael Stutes, other than the fact that you said “MLB Experience,” which would take Aumont out of the equation.

Michael Stutes doesn’t have closer stuff, never was projected to be anything more than a middle reliever/maybe set up man. He came onto the scene this year in spring training and had a good 2 months and fell off the face of the Earth.

nepp
3 years 9 months ago

No one who had ever watched Stutes pitch would consider him for a closer role.  He’s a mediocre middle reliever who has value because he’s cheap.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

He has decent stuff but his control is so far out there. His slider in the 2nd half would be 10 feet off the plate down, no where near being a strike and his fastball runs all over the place.

I like him in the Chad Durbin role. 7th inning, gives you multiple innings, but to think he could close is lunacy. Bastardo I could see it, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable with him either.

3 years 9 months ago

He just finished his rookie year, and already he’s “mediocre”?  Wow, tough room..

3 years 9 months ago

I know.  Kid has a mid 3 ERA for his rookie season pitching for a team that had World Series aspirations yet haters still hate.

3 years 9 months ago

The Phils farm sytem is horrible right now, they traded away almost evrything they had Cosart,Singleton, and Draebek.The Phillies are relying what now tere one good prospect May, and a decent prospect in Galvis.

3 years 9 months ago

no it was a good trade for the Phils hes a higher producing Pedro feliz

3 years 9 months ago

Clearly, the Phils don’t value sabermetrics, another low OBP guy who Ks a lot.  AT 4 million next year plus 2013 option with 500K buyout.

3 years 9 months ago

You lost me at sabermetrics.

JPH_GSG
3 years 9 months ago

$2MM is being paid by Colorado. My feeling is they valued his versatility more than his offensive numbers.  What’s it matter if he K’s a lot when he’ll be filling in for Ryan Howard, strikeout master?

3 years 9 months ago

The $2 million was not there initially in the article, makes it a better move as a bench player.  

3 years 9 months ago

Saying the Phillies don’t value sabermetrics is like saying the Occupy crowd doesn’t value showers.  Both are understatements of epic proportions.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

They don’t. They value scouting more. They do some statistical analysis but it’s really limited.

MetsMagic
3 years 9 months ago

Ugh, David Wright’s predecessor returns to the NL East. Hope he doesn’t get a starting gig because he’ll counteract any offensive contributions with his defense. 

bravesfansince1990
3 years 9 months ago

In other news I woke up today 

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 9 months ago

Really? Did you call this move?

3 years 9 months ago

Very good trade for the Phillies. Perfect bat off the bench with some pop, or starting 3B man if Polanco doesn’t cut it, or starting at 1st until Howard is healthy. Versatile player, good trade.

MetsMagic
3 years 9 months ago

If Ty Wigginton is the starting 3B on the Phillies of all teams, something has gone horribly wrong. 

JPH_GSG
3 years 9 months ago

Hey, it could be David Bell. That guy was juicing and still sucked.

3 years 9 months ago

FYI Contract:
2012: $4MM
2013: $4MM option ($.5MM buyout)

bevothephenom
3 years 9 months ago

i guess this ends the Cuddyer hopes…i dont like this move at all

The_Porcupine
3 years 9 months ago

Cuddyer wants 3 years at over 8 million a year.  Wigginton is cheaper and not that much of a drop defensively.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

It’s probably a wash defensively, Cuddyer isn’t really great at any position he plays. Maybe better in the outfield. Offensively, Wigginton is a step down but not by that much, especially at a low cost.

I don’t know if it takes them out of the Cuddyer “sweepstakes” because he’s more of an outfielder. They probably just want him at their price.

3 years 9 months ago

Cuddyer wouldve been perfect on the Phils but Wiggington fits just fine.Just think if you payed him 8 mill a year you wouldnt be able to sign Rollins ohh how tragic.a 32 year old declining veteran

5_tool_MiLB_fool
3 years 9 months ago

GAWD BLESS DAN O’DOWD *TEBOWS*

5_tool_MiLB_fool
3 years 9 months ago

seriously though…you phils fans have no idea what you’re in for…there’s a reason why us rockies fans are happy he’s out

pyromantic
3 years 9 months ago

He’s a utility bench bat on the Phils.  I think we’ll like him just fine.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

why are they glad he’s gone?

SwingtimeInTheRockies
3 years 9 months ago

RISPathetic.  GIDPathetic,  But…if the Phils don’t have to use him more than once in a blue moon, his versatility (being not really good at many positions) might come in handy.

TenThousandDays
3 years 9 months ago

He’s an upgrade from Ross Gload. I think that says it all.

3 years 9 months ago

You mean the same Ross Gload that led in pinch hits 2 of the last 3 seasons?  

TenThousandDays
3 years 9 months ago

No but the same Ross Gload that struck out 8x more often than he did walk as a pinch hitter last season. Only six more hits than K’s

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

jeeze idk why they’re all in love with him then haha

SouthPawRyno
3 years 9 months ago

Weren’t they interested in him last off-season before he signed with Colorado?

hodag435
3 years 9 months ago

Seems like a deal more suitable for the trade deadline or waiver deadline.

MNTwins12
3 years 9 months ago

I really hope that the Ty Wigginton acquisition increases the chances that Cuddyer will indeed give Minnesota a hometown discount. Cuddyer is and always should be a Minnesota Twin.

0vercast
3 years 9 months ago

That’s what I’m hoping for.  This is starting to sound like the Carl Pavano situation last year.  He’ll feel out the FA market looking to cash in, but eventually come back to the Twins and sign that two year deal.

MNTwins12
3 years 9 months ago

Yeah it’s basically a win win situation. If he wants too much money than we shouldn’t sign him and save some money to sign other players. (Willingham and/or Kubel) If he wants to sign for a reasonable amount with the Twins than it’s nice to have him in our lineup.

Pax vobiscum
3 years 9 months ago

Maybe they will shift their interest to Reyes if Wiggington pushes Cuddyer out of the picture. Just a thought- this is like a warm up session for Amaro.