Posted by Corey Seidman, Sun, November 20, 2011 07:26 PM Comments: 62
Ty Wigginton provides the versatility and bench power of Michael Cuddyer for a fraction of the cost.
The Phillies have acquired Ty Wigginton from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash, according to the Rockies’ official Twitter account.
In Wigginton, the Phils get much of what they wanted from Michael Cuddyer for a fraction of the cost. Wigginton, like Cuddyer, can play first base, third base and both corner outfield positions, and even though Charlie Manuel would never use either player at second base, Wigginton has also played there in the past.
Wigginton is under contract for $4 million in 2012, then has a $4 million club option in 2013 with a $500,000 buyout.
Here is how the deal works: the Phillies and Rockies will split Wigginton’s 2012 salary, each paying $2 million. If the Phillies exercise Wigginton’s 2013 option, they will be forced to send Colorado a second player to be named later (who wouldn’t be a big-time prospect) or $100,000.
This was a good job by Amaro of feeling out the market and playing to others’ weaknesses. The Rockies were looking to shed salary and Dan O’Dowd wasn’t looking for nearly as much as he was in July. To acquire a poor man’s Cuddyer for 1/18th the cost, that’s a nice move.
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