Detroit Tigers: Trading Jose Iglesias makes sense to improve team, save money
Hypothetical Trade Partner
Standing out as a hypothetical trade partner are the San Diego Padres, a team that desperately needs a shortstop.
As of now, they’re using Rule 5 draft pick Allen Cordoba, former Tiger Erick Aybar and recent waiver claim Chase d’Arnaud at the position.
Aybar has a .292 on-base percentage, and at 33 isn’t exactly a long-term piece for the rebuilding Padres. Cordoba, meanwhile, is hitting .288 with a .802 OPS. However, this is his first season above Rookie-ball. What’s more, he’s also sporting a .333 BABIP.
Rounding out the list is d’Arnaud. The former Pirate owns a -25.1 UZR/150 and a -8 DRS at shortstop in 380.2 career innings.
The Hypothetical Trade:
Detroit Tigers Acquire Ryan Buchter and Kevin Quackenbush
San Diego Padres Acquire Jose Iglesias and Buck Farmer
Outgoing Salary, per Spotrac: 4,635,000 (Iglesias’ $4.1 million and Farmer’s 535,000)
Incoming Salary, per Spotrac: 1,079,700 (Buchter’s 544,700 and Quackenbush’s 535,000)
Hypothetical net savings: $3,555,300
Outgoing WAR: -0.1
Incoming WAR: -0.1
The emergence of both Chad Bell and Warwick Saupold as long relief and swingman options makes Farmer conceivably expendable and a potential addition to the hypothetical deal.
The hurler will be out of options next season, so moving him now will spare the Tigers from having to make a decision between Farmer or another player on the active roster.
San Diego isn’t going anywhere this season, so they can plug Farmer into the rotation and audition him for future seasons.
In this hypothetical trade, the Tigers would net two bullpen pieces in Ryan Buchter and Kevin Quackenbush.