ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 14, 2012 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed to terms with free-agent infielder Ty Wigginton on a two-year deal through the 2014 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Wigginton gives us that right-handed bat with punch that we were looking for,” said Cardinals Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. “He’s a veteran player who offers versatility and depth to our roster.”
Wigginton, 35, has hit 15 or more homers six times over his nine-plus years in the majors, including 22 as recently as 2010 with Baltimore when he was selected to the American League All-Star team.
Wigginton’s 24 pinch-hit RBI since his debut in 2002 rank 2nd only to Miguel Cairo among active right-handed batters and they stand 10th overall among all active players. “Wiggy” hit .288 (21-for-73) with 3 homers and 15 RBI in “close & late” situations last season.
The 6-0, 230-pound North Carolina native has compiled a career .263 batting mark with 169 home runs and 591 RBI in 1,315 games with the New York Mets (2002-04), Pittsburgh (2004-05), Tampa Bay (2006-07), Houston (2007-08), Baltimore (2009-10), Colorado (2011) and Philadelphia (2012).
Wigginton, who has played third, first, second base and outfield during his career, has played 100 or more games in each of the past seven seasons.