John Mozeliak has added the right-handed bench bat he’s been looking for, I guess, in the form of 35-year-old Ty Wigginton. It looks like the corner infielder will join the Cardinals on a two-year deal worth around $5 million so that he can fill in when needed if Allen Craig or David Freese happen to get hurt, and let’s face it, that’s going to happen all the time. Wigginton is best known for that one season with the Astros when he was pretty good. Do you guys remember that?
Speaking of that one season with the Astros when Ty Wigginton was pretty good (he posted a .376 wOBA in 2008), that was the last time this player has been worth having on a Major League roster. Since that time, Wigginton has hit .250/.313/.404 in 1,891 PA. He’s also thoroughly demonstrated that he isn’t even sure what a baseball glove is, as UZR has consistently graded him between “really bad” and “put the glove down, Mr. Wigginton; there are children nearby.” In fact, Wigginton’s anti-contributions to the Orioles, Rockies, and Phillies have been “worth” -1.6 WAR over the past four seasons. Yes, you’re reading that correctly.
Ty Wigginton is old, his bat hasn’t looked alive in nearly half a decade, and he is about as far from being a viable defensive substitution as a man can be. I can’t think of any other reason to give the guy a contract, let alone one that spans multiple seasons, other than the fact that maybe someone’s heard of him before or something. I don’t see why signing Wigginton was at all necessary considering his considerable shortcomings. He’s a multi-position player in name only, and his production could be matched by virtually anyone who has ever played MLB: The Show or read the name “Babe Ruth” in an encyclopedia. Are there still encyclopedias? We’d rather not have Ty Wigginton on our favorite baseball team, and we’d really rather not have him around for two years. Ick.