Philadelphia Phillies Acquire Former Met Infielder Wigginton From Rockies

The Philadelphia Phillies acquired Ty Wigginton from the Colorado Rockies, adding a versatile player to a team that will start the Major League Baseball season with at least one All-Star on the disabled list.

The Rockies will receive either a player to be named or cash for the 34-year-old infielder, the Phillies said on their website. Philadelphia, which has won the National League East division title for last five seasons, will pay him half of the $4 million he is owed in the final year of his contract, according to MLB.com, which didn’t list the source of its information.

Wigginton played at least 20 games each at first base, third base and left field last season. The Phillies’ starting first baseman, three-time All-Star, Ryan Howard, will begin the 2012 campaign on the disabled list recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, the team said on its website. Third baseman Placido Polanco may also be sidelined as he recovers from sports-hernia surgery.

Wigginton has hit .265 with 158 home runs and 548 runs batted in during a 10-year career that began in 2002 with the New York Mets. Last year, his only season in Colorado, he hit a career-low .242 with 15 home runs and 52 runs scored.

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