Cardinals announce Wigginton signing

Jenifer Langosch/

Desiring to add a versatile right-handed hitting veteran player to the 2013 club, the Cardinals found a fit in Ty Wigginton, who the club signed to a two-year contract on Friday. The club made the signing official after Wigginton traveled to St. Louis to undergo a team physical.

Wigginton, 35, has played all four infield positions and both corner outfield spots during his 11-year career, which began with the Mets in 2002. Most recently, his playing time has come primarily as a corner infielder/outfielder. He spent the 2012 season in Philadelphia, where he hit .235 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs in 360 plate appearances.

The addition of Wigginton will give the bench both some experience and a right-handed bat with power potential. Both were areas in which the club was deficient last season, as Shane Robinson and Tony Cruz were, for the majority of the season, the team’s best right-handed hitting options off the bench.

General manager John Mozeliak entered the offseason specific in noting his intentions to upgrade the bench with a right-handed bat.

Wigginton’s career has taken him to New York (2002-04), Pittsburgh (04-05), Tampa Bay (06-07), Houston (07-08), Baltimore (09-10), Colorado (2011) and Philadelphia en route to St. Louis. He has finished with at least 15 home runs in six different seasons and has a career .263 batting average.

As a pinch-hitter, Wigginton went 5-for-33 with three RBIs in 2012. Over his career, he has a .233 batting average in pinch-hit opportunities.

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I like the signing for the most part. I prefer Wigginton over Scott Hairston and 2 years at $5mil isn’t terrible. Oh how I miss the days of Allen Craig lurking on the bench…hopefully Ty can provide some veteran leadership, and that his 35 year old bat still has some pop left in it. What do you think the chances of Matt Adams cracking the opening day roster are?

Oh and could you imagine Ty working with McGwire if he were still the hitting coach?! The possibilities…no knock on Mabry as I’m confident he is the right successor, but my word, Wigginton could jack 20 under Big Mac’s tutelage


What does this mean for Matt Carpenter next season? Can he expect to see more starts at second with Schumaker gone?

I’m not wild about this signing. Wigginton simply isn’t very good, and he’ll be less good in the second year of the contract. It would be nice to know what Mo and MM were really thinking on this one, because there are better guys out there for right-handed pop off the bench. Oh, well, the liability isn’t great and it’s the 25th man on the roster…

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