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Astros acquire Wigginton from Devil Rays07/28/2007 7:52 PM ET
HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros announced today that they have acquired infielder Ty Wigginton and cash considerations from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for right-handed pitcher Dan Wheeler. The announcement was made by General Manager Tim Purpura.
Wigginton, 29, was hitting .275 (104x378) with 16 home runs, 21 doubles and 49 RBI in 98 games for the Devil Rays this season. He collected 34 hits in June and finished the month with a .321 average. Wigginton has two multi-home run games this season (both in May) and his 16 homers rank second on the Devil Rays in 2007. He has started 98 of Tampa Bay's 103 games this season at four different positions: first base (15), designated hitter (15), second base (38) and third base (30).
In six Major League seasons with the New York Mets (2002-04), Pittsburgh (2004-05), and Tampa Bay (2006-07), Wigginton has hit .267 (576x2,160) with 81 home runs and 308 RBI. In 2006, he led the Devil Rays in doubles (25), while setting career highs in home runs (24) and RBI (79). In 403 games in the National League from 2002-05, Wigginton hit .262 (350x1338) with 41 home runs and 180 RBI. He was originally selected by the Mets in the 17th round of the 1998 June Draft. The Devil Rays signed him as a free agent on January 10, 2006.
Wheeler, 29, is 1-4 with a 5.07 ERA (28ER/49.2IP) with a career-high 11 saves in 45 appearances this season for the Astros. He has successfully converted 11 of 15 save chances this year, and he is tied for seventh among NL relievers with 56 strikeouts while ranking fourth in the NL with a 4.31 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Wheeler owns a 3.99 career ERA (169ER/381.2IP) with 25 saves in eight Major League seasons. In four seasons with Houston from 2004-07, Wheeler was 6-12 with a 3.02 ERA (70ER/208.2IP) with 23 saves in 205 relief appearances. He also pitched for Tampa Bay from 1999-2001, posting a 6.43 ERA (51ER/71.1IP).
Wheeler has not allowed a run in seven career NLCS appearances (9.2 innings). He appeared in 13 postseason games for the Astros from 2004-05 and was 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA (4ER/17IP), including a 1.69 ERA in the NL Division Series (1ER/5.1IP).
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