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One picture just isn't enough to convey all that Ty Wigginton does. Before we even get to his stats, we need to take a look at all the positions he has played, with how many games at each.
Seriously, this dude gets around. Whereas Laynce Nix is the remedy for the outfield, Ty is the medicine for our aging infield. Placido Polanco needs a rest? Wigginton's got it. Chase Utley's hamstring is acting up? Wigginton's got it. You want Mayberry in the outfield and Thome on the bench? Don't worry about first, Wigginton's got it.
All this for the low price of $2 million courtesy of Colorado paying half his salary for 2012. Can you say steal?
If it weren't for late-inning pitching heroics, we might have already forgotten about Wilson Valdez. With Polanco seemingly always on the mend, Wigginton will see quite a bit of time at third base. However, with Utley's apparent inability to admit injuries, I also think Wigginton will be the go-to guy at second on Chase's scheduled days off. Just what the doctor ordered. Literally.
Now, with all that time filling in for our beloved Philly players, will we see a major drop-off with the bat? Well let's take a look at how each player performed in 2011:
(Utley) AVG: .259 / OBP: .344 / SLG: .425 / OPS: .769 / HR: 11
(Wigginton) AVG: .242 / OBP: .315 / SLG: .416 / OPS: .731 / HR: 15
(Polanco) AVG: .277 / OBP: .335 / SLG: .339 / OPS: .674 / HR: 5
So is there a drop-off, yes, of course there is. We are talking about him filling in for one of our greatest hitters in Utley, and a player who is considered to be one of the greatest contact hitters in the game in Polanco. Let's take him for what he is: a replacement-level player. He will be at the back of the order when playing, and his greatest contributions will be just being a competent fielder.
For a better comparison, let's compare him to the player we upgraded from, Wilson Valdez:
(Wigginton) AVG: .242 / OBP: .315 / SLG: 416 / OPS: .731 / HR: 15
(Valdez) AVG: .249 / OBP: .294 / SLG: 341 / OPS: .634 / HR: 1
Now we can see the benefit of this upgrade. Wigginton played in only 31 more games than Valdez last year, but managed to hit 15 times more home runs. While we will always hold Wilson in our hearts, we will gladly take Wigginton on the field.