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Wigginton on leaving Baltimore for Colorado

Ty Wigginton is still waiting to find out when he'll be taking his physical and make his two-year, $7.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies official.

Wigginton, 33, has a chance to make $12 milllion in the deal; he has a $4 million option for 2013 that includes a $500,000 buyout.

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Here's what he had to say about choosing the Rockies: "I think a major thing that drew me to Colorado is that they have played a lot of meaningful games late in the season. Recently, they always seem to be in the race late, and they've played a lot of good baseball in the last few years."

He acknowledged that having a chance to play regularly -- and to play for a team that has made recent playoff runs -- factored into his decision. Wigginton has never played in the postseason.

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"It's important, but also it s a good opportunity for me. I enjoyed the National League game -- I like the American League game, too – but the National League game is fun, and I can't wait to start playing baseball again.

He said he enjoyed his time in Baltimore: "I made a lot of good friends, guys I played for and played with, and I enjoyed competing with them. I enjoyed the fans; the fans were always behind me. It definitely was a good stop for me."

Before last season ended, he said he wanted to return to Baltimore. And the Orioles had interest in re-signing him. It just didn't work out.

"I think they showed good interest. They have always been good to me, and they stayed in touch, definitely, the whole time."

And now he gets to play his home games at Coors Field.

"I've played there quite a few times. I've always enjoyed it. It's a fun atmosphere the times I've played there. It's a big ballpark, and big ballparks are fun to hit at."

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