The Orioles will officially go into the 2011 season without their lone all star from 2010. This morning, the Rockies agreed to terms of a 2 year contract with Ty Wigginton, worth $8 million. Wigginton hit .248 last season in Baltimore, racking up 22 HR and 76 RBI. With the Rockies having one of the most active offseasons of any team thus far, Wigginton is added as a utility player that can play all around the infield, as well as the corner outfield spots if necessary.
News of this signing continues a trend for the NL West in signing Orioles infielders this offseason. First, the Giants gave Aubrey Huff big money after he helped them win the World Series in 2010, and then agreed to a contract with Miguel Tejada to play shortstop next season. Also, after the Orioles traded for Mark Reynolds yesterday, the Diamondbacks filled that hole immediately and signed Melvin Mora (Orioles 3B from ’00-’09) to a one year, $2.4 million deal. With Wigginton’s arrival in Colorado, only the Padres are left to jump into the mix.