11/20/11 9:20 PM EST
Phillies strike deal with Rockies for Wigginton
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
Wigginton will provide insurance at both corner-infield positions and also possibly see some time in left field. The 34-year-old played first base (36 games), third base (68 games), left field (21 games) and right field (six games) for the Rockies this past season.Along with versatility, Wigginton also brings some power potential to Philadelphia. He has hit at least 20 homers in four of the past six seasons. Wigginton batted .242 with 15 home runs and a .416 slugging percentage in 401 at-bats for the Rockies this year. In a limited role as a pinch hitter, he recorded two hits in 13 at-bats. After batting .248 with 22 homers while recording a career high 581 at-bats with the Orioles in 2010, Wigginton signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Rockies. The Phillies will be responsible for just half of the $4 million that he is owed as he enters the final guaranteed year of this deal in 2012. Wigginton has batted .296 (16-for-54) with three home runs and a .574 slugging percentage in the 16 games he has played during his career at Citizens Bank Park.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.