Wigginton, Cardinals agree to $5M, 2-year contract

Wigginton, Cardinals agree to $5M, 2-year contract

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BALTIMORE - JULY 30: Ty Wigginton #23 of the Baltimore Orioles rounds the bases as he hit a homerun against the Kansas City Royals during MLB action at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 30, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Orioles defeated the Royals 7-3. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 12:08 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Free agent infielder Ty Wigginton and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract.

General manager John Mozeliak announced the agreement Friday and said Wigginton gives the Cardinals a right-handed bat "with punch."

The 35-year-old Wigginton, who will make $2.5 million annually, has hit 15 or more homers six times during 11 big league seasons. He had 22 in 2010, when he was an All-Star with Baltimore.

Wigginton has a .263 career average with 169 home runs and 591 RBIs 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). He has played 100 or more games in each of the past seven seasons.

He can earn additional performance bonuses.

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