The Rox continue to make some noise this off-season. Today they have signed former Baltimore Oriole Ty Wigginton. Wigginton is a versatile player that can effectively play right, left, third, second, and first. He has also played sparingly at short during his career. This is a great move by the Rockies.
Wigginton is exactly what Colorado needs. Jim Tracy can play him in a number of different roles. He won’t be the starter at any position, but he will likely find his way into the lineup almost every night. The 2010 All-Star will also serve as an insurance plan for Todd Helton. Ty is a steady hitter with the ability to produce extra base hits. He should be good for thirty doubles and twenty-five homeruns next season.
He is also affordable. The Rox and Wigginton agreed to a two year deal worth $7.5M with a club option for the third year. They were smart to pass on other free agents like Lance Berkman and their own Melvin Mora. Wigginton is a cheaper, more versatile option than both of those players. He is perfect for a squad that prides itself on an affordable and flexible roster.
After weeks of testing the waters, the Rockies are now making moves. In just the last week, they have signed De La Rosa and Tulo to extensions, traded for Jose Lopez, and agreed to terms with Wigginton. Next, expect the team to add a backup catcher and an arm or two for the bullpen.
On a down note, please keep Manager Jim Tracy in your thoughts and prayers today. Yesterday, he collapsed at the Winter Meetings and was admitted to the hospital for tests. Get better soon, Jim.