Sunday, November 20, 2011

Welcome Aboard Wigginton

That shrewd bastard Ruben Amaro Jr. has done it again, nabbing Ty Wigginton from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash. Wigginton plays 3rd/1st/2nd and corner outfield.

With Wiggy aboard this likely means the courtship between the Phils and Michael Cuddyer is over, and that's a relief. Amaro got the Rockies to pay half of Wiggy's $4M salary, and he's only under contract for 1 year. Far better than the 3 year $30M deal that Cuddyer would have likely commanded.

The stats- 34 years old, .265/.768 hitter in 10 seasons with 158 homeruns and 548 RBI. He played for the Pirates back in 2004-05, so he becomes a Phucco. Last year with Colorado he hit .242/.731, 52 R, 21 DBL, 15 HR, 47 RBI, and 8 SB in 130 games. He's a boost to the bench and allows Manuel to give Polanco, Howard, or Utley a day off without having to worry about Wilson Valdez hitting into a double play or Michael Martinez sucking.


Anonymous said...

I seriously doubt we see him at 2B.

GM-Carson said...

Hey, Manuel played Greg Dobbs a few games at 2nd base before.

GM-Carson said...

I hope Amaro non-tenders Francisco. He's not worth the $2M or so he'll make through arbitration. He's not horrible, but he's not that great either. With Pence, Vic, Mayberry, Brown and now Wiggy in a pinch the Phils don't need Benny Fran that much. Let him go and save the money. Sign some guys to minor league deals and have them compete for 1st outfielder called up from AAA.

I prefer Valdez to Martinez. Valdez has been pretty consistent the past 3 years and that's better than I think Mini-Mart will ever do.

SirAlden said...

Welcome Aboard Ty Wiggy!

Bob D said...

Bench is looking stronger and I expect a few more moves yet.

Wigginton will challenge Polanco for time at 3rd, so who ever is on the bench essentially replaces either Valdez or Martinez.

Thome replaces Gload.

Likely will be a decent OF brought in to replace Francisco. (Ibanez still rumored but if speed could be found that maybe better)

Still need a SS

Bob D said...

Ty can also Catch

SirAlden said...

Phillies Bench Picture Comes Into Focus

Outfielder L
Wigginton R 3B-1B
Utility Infielder who can play SS
Thome L 1B
Schneider L C

The Lefthanded Hitting Outfielder could be Brown (or AAA), Ibanez, someone like Gload, Sizemore (to Platoon with Mayberry, or Francisco who hits R.

The Utility Inf will be Valdez (bats right, CAN hit, has a gun, has no range, average speed, is 33 years old) or Martinez (bats switch, CANNOT hit, has a gun, has as much range as Omar Vizquel, is the fastest player on the team for pinch running, and is 29 years old).

Phillies Starters
DL Time expected

C Ruiz, 1B Howard, 2B Utley, 3B Polanco, LF Mayberry, CF Victorino, RF Pence.

Free Agent SS:
SS - Reyes - Rollins - Furcal
Maybe LF like Sizemore for a platoon with Mayberry

1) SS
2) OF Free Agent or Brown
3) Utl Inf Valdez or Martinez