Wait a second. This does not seem like something that Ruben Amaro Jr. is want to do during his tenure as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Word came through on Sunday afternoon that Amaro worked out a trade with the Colorado Rockies for utility man Ty Wigginton. Up to this point, Amaro seemed to have his eye on a player of a similar age and skill set in Michael Cuddyer. Ty Wigginton is not best friends with Jim Thome, but he will come with a significantly lower price tag than Thome’s pal Cuddyer. The Rockies are picking up half of Wigginton’s salary in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. Personally, I would name the player now and force them to take Michael Martinez.
To review, Amaro DID NOT go after the shiniest free agent on the market. He instead, gave up virtually nothing to acquire a similar player. He may not be quite the offensive threat that Cuddyer is, but he has some pop (22 homers as recently as 2010) and is the right handed swiss army knife that the Phillies need. He can spell Placido Polanco when he inevitably gets injured and can help lead the cavalcade of players that will fill in for Ryan Howard while medical science reattaches his foot. He can even play second base and both corner outfield spots.
This is type of move that Pat Gillick would make; a low risk signing with a negligible cash outlay. This move goes a long way to solidifying the bench and does so on the cheap. Up to this point, the cheap part has not been part of Ruben Amaro’s lexicon. This move is under the radar, but it has the potential to be a really good one.
Some negatives include some work for the Mets and Orioles. He made an all star team as a member of the Orioles, but does that really count? More on if the Orioles count later.