The Phillies have acquired utility man Ty Wigginton from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash.
The acquisition also seemingly means the Phillies have opted not to further pursue free agent Michael Cuddyer.
Wigginton, 34, hit .242 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI last season.
His versatility is what likely made him attractive to the Phillies. He played first base, third base and the corner outfield positions last year.
With the potential question about how quickly Ryan Howard recovers from his Achilles injury and Placido Polanco’s injury history, he could provide insurance in the infield. He also could be an option in left, although that seems less likely. He has played a total of 75 games in the outfield in his 10-year career.
He also could provide the Phillies another bat off the bench. He has a career .273 average as a pinch-hitter.
Wigginton is due to make $4 million in 2012, with a $4 million option or $500,00 buyout for 2013. According to the Denver Post, the Rockies will cover half of Wigginton's 2012 salary.
According to the Post, if the Phillies exercise Wigginton’s option, the Rockies will receive either $100,000 in cash or a player. If they don’t excercise the option, the Rockies will be have to pay part of Wigginton’s buyout.
For his career, he has a .265 average with 158 home runs and 548 RBI. He has played for the Mets, Pirates, Rays, Astros, Orioles and Rockies.
The Phillies are likely still on the lookout for a lefthanded bat who could play the outfield.