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The Cardinals sign Ty Wigginton to a two-year deal

Dec 14, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

Ty Wigginton, John Buck

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals have signed Ty Wigginton to a two-year contract “in the $5 million range.”

Wigginton can be used in a number of positions — he played at first, third and in the outfield last year — and represents some power off the bench. He hit a mere .235/.314/.375 last season for the Phillies, but did sock 11 homers in 360 plate appearances.

He’s 35. The Cardinals will be his seventh team. Which means that he’s approaching gold status in The Journeyman’s Club.  One more team after this and he’ll have priority boarding and will be able to check two free bags on each flight.

  1. triaxfusion - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Why? I’m confused

    • bmh9500 - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      Because screw Scott Hairston. #payattention

  2. crispybasil - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    The best Christmas gift any baseball fan could ask for!

  3. huffdaddyco - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    He hit .242 with 15 homers the year he played for the Rockies. Just sayin’

  4. paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Eww. Were the Cardinals Jealous of Cinci wasting a roster spot on Hannahan for 2 years and decided they would do them one better by spending an extra million while wasting a roster spot for 2 years on a guy that can’t hit or field?

    I mean, seriously…WTF? I know they think they need a RHH on the bench…but shouldn’t it be a guy that….you know….can actually hit?

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      I think that they are paying him more than the Jays are paying Rasmus.

      • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:24 AM

        Yeah, but Rasmus isn’t RH….though, I’m sure he could play 1B/3B poorly. The Cardinals became obsessed with getting a RHH because nearly everyone they have lying around that is likely to be on the bench any given day is a lefty. Of course, signing a good hitter would have been better. There aren’t that many true lefty specialists out there that are so bad against RHH that Wigginton will be a better option.

  5. paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    I take back all the nice things I said about them wasting fewer roster spots….they’ve signed 2 guys this year and neither one is worth that precious commodity for one year…let alone the 2 (Wiggington) or 3 (Choate) year deals they handed out.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      Condolences my friend.

    • stlsportsfan84 - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Agreed, 2 contracts with extra years that arent needed. Hairston made since due to the fact that he could actually play the OF. This move makes no sense to me and 2 years is a joke.

  6. chill1184 - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Odd move, but hey each to their own

    • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      You spelled stupid wrong.

  7. albertmn - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Given how most of the Cardinals moves in the last few years have worked out well (or at least OK), I will give them the benefit of the doubt on this one until we see how it works out. And, while a lot of money to most of us, $5 million for an MLB team won’t break the bank if it doesn’t work out.

    • bmh9500 - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      exactly. Plus, he won’t get the “he’s been with us for a long time” victory lap that other Cardinals have gotten and parlayed into horrible experiences for fans (Franklin, Suppan, Miles, Schumaker)

    • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      Not to be overly pessimistic, but rather, realistic, the Cardinals have made a lot of these types of moves that most certainly did not work out.

      Last year they signed Skip to a 2 year deal when most thought they would probably non-tender him. He didn’t play much or well and they traded him.

      They drafted Komatsu in the rule 5 and wasted some PAs on him before cutting him.

      They gave Berkman an extension and he was hurt all year.

      They signed Furcal to a 2 year deal, he was great for a couple months and then hurt his back (again) and his elbow, and was horrible for a while before going on the DL.

      Ryan Theriot was horrible.

      They’ve signed a pretty long list of LHP for the bullpen, all of them have been pretty horrible.

      The Cardinals track record isn’t the issue though, it is Wiggington’s track record, and he has been bad at baseball (both at the plate and in the field) since 2009. That isn’t likely to change at ages 35 & 36.

      • bmh9500 - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

        If I point out only somebody’s bad choices, I can make them look like they’re terrible at their job, too.

      • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:28 AM

        The comment insinuated that the Cardinals choices shouldn’t be questioned based on their track record. I was just pointing out that some of their choices are bad ones, and some of them obviously so at the time of the choice.

        Most of their best choices recently have been to eschew FAs in favor of players from their own system.

      • spudchukar - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        Personally I would rather have had Punto back now that I hear he is available. And while Wiggington was a tough out once, he hasn’t been able to repeat that recently. Plus he is a liability in the field, regardless where he plays. And the need for 2 years seems unnecessary.

        All that said, PL, the criticism of Berkman, Komatsu and Furcal a little unfair. St. Louis certainly wouldn’t have been flying that 2011 WS champs flag without Berkman and Furcal, and may very well not have been able to secure Furcal without a two year deal. And Berkman was signed year-to-year, and injuries occur.

        The Komatsu situation is a little different. Not sure I will ever understand the management there, he played well, but it was obvious there was no room for him.

        And Theriot was terrible in the field, he was actually a fairly productive hitter, especially early in the year when he was playing regularly, particularly in RBI situations.

        As for the lefty relievers, Miller was very effective, up until his last year.

      • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

        I know spud, I was just pointing out that it isn’t like their history is largely good moves Most of their minor FA moves have been total flops. Theriot had a hot streak to start the year and then was 12 kinds of horrible the rest of the way….of course, in the field, he was always horrible…he didn’t play any better or worse that should have been expected….it isn’t like he didn’t suck before they got him.

        I would rather the Cardinals had told Skip to learn to hit RH and kept him than for them to waste 2 years of a roster spot on Wiggington.

      • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

        I know spud, I was just pointing out that it isn’t like their history is largely good moves Most of their minor FA moves have been total flops. Theriot had a hot streak to start the year and then was 12 kinds of horrible the rest of the way….of course, in the field, he was always horrible…he didn’t play any better or worse that should have been expected….it isn’t like he didn’t suck before they got him.

        I would rather the Cardinals had told Skip to learn to hit RH and kept him than for them to waste 2 years of a roster spot on Wiggington.

      • spudchukar - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        OK, I got it the first time.

  8. danh35 - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    I don’t have a problem with this signing. I’d rather have Wigginton hitting against a lefty late in a game than Shane Robinson or Pete Kozma.

    • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      There are at least 2 problems with the signing.

      1) It is for more than one year.

      2) If they use him only as bench bat, 1 year would be fine. But they won’t, he’ll wind up getting at least 200 PAs providing both below average offense and defense when he is used. It is like the Choate signing. There was no reason to do more than 1 year, and he’ll be fine if he is only used versus lefties, but he’ll face far too many RHH, negating his potential value as a lefty specialist.

      25 and Roster and 40 man roster spots are valuable, throwing them away for players with a limited skill set (and that aren’t even good at the things they are best at) is just poor roster management.

    • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      FWIW, Shane Robinson has been as productive offensively as Wiggington has been the last 4 years. Wiggington doesn’t even have dramatic splits, if he crushed lefties, fine…but he doesn’t.

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      I would much rather have Shane Robinson hit than Ty Wigginton. Additonally, Robinson isn’t even close to the liability Wigginton is in the field. What the hell does Ty Wigginton bring to the table?
      Seriously. What does he offer? A right handed bat?
      I hit right handed! For season tickets in a suite for the family and unlimted beer they coulda’ signed me.
      We both bring the same thing to the table. The exception is I am much cheaper. And I have always been a clubhouse guy that holds teams together. I have intangilbles. What intangibles does Wigginton have?

  9. Joe - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Not sure if it was intentional, but “can be used in a number of positions” is the correct phrasing, because he sure as shit can’t play any of them.

  10. ryanrockzzz - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    It’s amazing the amount of negative posts on here for what amounts to nothing more as a bench move. Nothing that is breaking the bank either. The Cardinals have been pretty good the last two years right? I mean I dont really see Wiggy or any other bench player changing the fact they are a good team. If this is someone like B.J. Upton, I think the dicussion then becomes more warranted about good move/bad move. This is more of a….move…
    Wiggington isn’t that bad. As a Phillies fan watched a lot more of him then I wanted to last year, and he did well for having to play a ton more games then both he and the Phillies thought. Typical backup, but he’s experienced and has some pop, so really it’s not a bad signing.

  11. digbysellers - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Huge Cards fan…living in Philly…got to watch this polished turd quite a bit the past season and this baffles me to no end. A 2 year deal for this guy!? Unbelievable! Did Miguel Cairo not answer his phone or something?

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      “Did Miguel Cairo not answer his phone or something?”
      Exactly!

  12. spudchukar - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Cards must be planning on starting Kozma in AAA, so he can get playing time. I’m not sure I buy into the “need a right-handed” theory. Descalso hits lefties well, at least as well as righties. And unless Beltran is moved to center to spell Jay, another right-handed hitting outfielder who can play center will need to be on the roster, which is why a move to re-acquire Punto, a switch-hitter who can also play SS makes more sense to me.

    I guess Kozma, Wong, and Taveras will all be available from AAA if injuries occur, which is comforting, but if that is the case then why give Wiggington a two year deal?

  13. okwhitefalcon - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    I just saw this.

    E-gads.

    Quick observations..

    The clearly don’t trust anyone they’ve got in the system to fill the role which is frightening.

    2 years is silly but it’s probably what it had to take to get the (bad) deal done – and it’s easy to walk away from at the $$$ when they realize he does indeed suck.

    The thing that about this regime that bugs me is their “low hanging fruit” and “see how the market shapes” (Mo-ism’s) mentality – they wait too long to fill obvious needs and back themselves in a corner and end up with guys like Choate and Wiggington.

    I understand selective proactivity but this is just goofy.

    Ty Wiggington?

    Fuck.

  14. mojosmagic - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    One of the worst players in MLB. His representative should win the Agent of the Year award.

  15. ha5ko - Dec 14, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    i am sure this is a horrible move, cause ya know the Cardinals make a lot of dumb moves, thats why they are in the playoffs almost every year, cause they don’t know what they are doing.

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