Jun 8, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Ty Wigginton (12) makes a play during the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
The Marlins have reportedly added another piece to their 2014 puzzle, signing Ty Wigginton to a minor league contract with an invite for spring training. Joe Frisaro, blogger with MLB.com had the report first.
Wigginton is a 12 year veteran who has played on 7 different teams in his big league career, most recently on the St. Louis Cardinals last year. He provides positional depth, as he is able to play third base, first base, and second base. The right-handed hitter has eclipsed double-digit home runs in 9 of his 12 seasons.
The addition of Wigginton could be a sign of trouble for Marlins’ journeyman Ed Lucas. If Wigginton performs well during spring training, I believe he will take Lucas’s spot on the bench as a utility infielder, and he will likely serve as the other half of a first base platoon with new Marlin Garrett Jones. Lucas and Wigginton’s skills are redundant, and it is not likely that both would make the team. Even though Lucas is 31 years-old, I believe he will start the season in triple A and be brought up in the event of an injury.
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