Cardinals release infielder Wigginton

Veteran utility man could become a target for the Yankees
07/09/2013 3:36 PM ET
By Mike Tanowitz

Ty Wigginton has played seven positions in his 12 Major League seasons.(AP)
The St. Louis Cardinals released infielder Ty Wigginton on Tuesday, cutting ties with a utilityman they had signed to a two-year, $5 million deal over the winter.

Wigginton, who has played seven positions in his 12 Major League seasons, is a career .261 hitter who was inked to that deal after posting a .235-11-43 line in 125 games for Philadelphia last season. However, he hit just .158 in 47 games (57 at-bats) with the Cardinals in 2013 while seeing time in the field at first base, third base and left field, and the 35-year-old is now back on the market after being given his unconditional release.

The Cardinals are on the hook for the remainder of his salary, but it may not be long before Wigginton finds his way back to the Majors and some of that burden is relieved. The Yankees could be among potential suitors, as the team has reportedly been looking for a right-handed hitting option to help spell Lyle Overbay at first base.

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