Originally posted on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 11/20/11

Ty Wigginton provides the versatility and bench power of Michael Cuddyer for a fraction of the cost.

The Phillies have acquired Ty Wigginton from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash, according to the Rockies’ official Twitter account.

In Wigginton, the Phils get much of what they wanted from Michael Cuddyer for a fraction of the cost. Wigginton, like Cuddyer, can play first base, third base and both corner outfield positions, and even though Charlie Manuel would never use either player at second base, Wigginton has also played there in the past.

Wigginton is under contract for $4 million in 2012, then has a $4 million club option in 2013 with a $500,000 buyout. If he performs well in 2012, the Phils can have him back at a manageable cost. If not, they’ll part with $500k. Nice move.

Wigginton hit .242/.315/.416 for the Rockies last year and his numbers are almost identical to that over a three-year sample. Since 2008, he has hit 23, 11, 22 and 15 home runs.

Wigginton is essentially a poor man’s Cuddyer, and he is paid as such. But the difference in cost is vaster than the difference in talent — i.e. Cuddyer would have been overpaid no matter what he would have added, whereas Wigginton will either outperform the $4 million or hit .242/.315/.416 and we won’t really care.

By making the trade, Ruben Amaro has taken another step toward filling out the team’s potential 25-man roster. After the arbitration cases take place, the Phils will have about $159 million committed to 22 players. The only remaining holes are shortstop and two bullpen spots. Assuming the Phillies spend without exceeding the luxury tax threshold, they have between $16-18 million more to spend.

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