The Philadelphia Phillies fortified their bench Sunday, acquiring utility man Ty Wigginton from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash.
Wigginton posted a .731 OPS for the Rockies in 2011 while playing third base, first base, left field and right field. And the 34-year-old seems to be a perfect fit for the Philadelphia roster.
Wigginton could be the Phillies’ Opening Day first baseman next year, if Ryan Howard isn’t ready after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon.
The Phillies also have been looking for right-handed hitters to play left field – Michael Cuddyer has been one target – so it’s possible Wigginton could pick up some starts there if general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. doesn’t acquire a fulltime left fielder.
Also, Wigginton played 40 games at second base for the Orioles in 2010. So, he gives Philadelphia some insurance there if Chase Utley’s right knee tendinitis/chondromalacia becomes a concern in 2012.