We have a new Phillie in introduce you too! No, it is not a Michael Cuddyer, but it is another super utility player that can give us nearly everything that Michael Martinez gave us last season plus much better at-bats at the plate.
Say hello to your newest Phillies… Mr. Ty Wigginton
Wigginton was acquired by the Phillies from the Rockies for the always mysterious, “Player to be named later”.
He’s not the star player that we were looking for, but Wigginton functions quite well as the type of player that he is; a super utility player with the ability to start a steady number of games. So, how valuable could this guy be? Well, during his career, he has played 1B, 2B, 3B, LF, RF, and even some SS (albeit that was in 2009).
Offensively, he’s a hitter with solid power and an o.k. average. Last season, he hit .242 with 15 homers and 47 RBIs. For his career, he averages over 20+ homers and 70+ RBIs per season.
Plus, he’s a steal for the Phillies. They will only pay for half of his 4 million dollar salary.
Let’s get one thing straight. He’s not gonna put up blistering hot numbers, but if you look at the Phillies bench last year (Francisco, Gload, Martinez, Valdez primarily), then he is better than any of those listed. The Phillies have upgraded their bench this offseason first with Thome and now with Wigginton and I have to admit that I am a big backer of this deal.