Out and up: Cards drop Wigginton and shore up the catcher's spot
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 27: ARY 27: Ty Wigginton #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals at bat against the New York Mets at Tradition Field on February 27, 2013 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) By Chris Trotman
On Tuesday, the Cardinals began by releasing 35-year-old Ty Wigginton from the club and purchasing AAA catcher Rob Johnson from Memphis.
The move caused little to no surprise to fans and observers, as Wigginton’s sub-.160 average and negative WAR are coupled with a $2.5 million contract. After 63 plate appearances yielded only nine hits, there was little left to say other than, “good luck elsewhere.”
Johnson, making his seventh trip to the show, is a journeyman catcher. He’s done stints with the Mariners, the Padres, the Mets and now the Cardinals.
His longest stretch in the bigs was 80 games for the Mariners in 2009. His offensive numbers have been his biggest issue, with a career average a hair over the mendoza line at .201.
Johnson’s promotion is in response to Yadier Molina’s inflamed right knee and the fact the Cardinals have only one other catcher on the roster in Tony Cruz.