Ty Wigginton Signs with Rockies

NBCSports is reporting that Ty Wigginton has reached an agreement on a 2-year deal with the Colorado Rockies.

The former Met will be getting $7.5M over the two years, which includes a 2013 option for $4M.

Wigginton split the year among first base, second base, third base, and DH for the Orioles in 2010, hitting 22 homers and posting a .727 OPS in 154 games. It was only the second time in his career that he played in more than 150 games — the last time was in 2003 with the Mets.

Some may wonder if the Mets would have considered Wigginton as at least a part-time option for second base — he did play the position 40 times in ’10 and has been there 168 times in his career — while also filling in at the outfield and infield corners. For one, the Mets likely wouldn’t have offered Wiggy more than a one-year deal, and, after toiling for some bad teams in Baltimore, Houston, Tampa Bay, and Pittsburgh, playing for a team positioned to win now was probably a consideration for Wigginton. The Rockies may not be a guarantee to make the postseason but they don’t appear to be in rebuilding mode.

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  1. Walnutz15 December 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    The Rox did pretty well for themselves with Wiggy.

    All accounts had them hot for Lance Berkman, but they didn’t want to give him $8MM — so what do they do?

    They get Wiggy for 2 years, for not even that (+ a possible option).

    Not bad….and I would think his bat benefits from that joint.

    Always liked Wiggy, and wish him well.