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Detroit Tigers: Trading Jose Iglesias makes sense to improve team, save money

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Apr 29, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (1) against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 29, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (1) against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 22, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Dixon Machado (49) tags out Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) trying to steal second base in the first inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports /

Potentially Replacing Jose Iglesias

If this hypothetical trade were to actually happen, the Detroit Tigers would roll with Andrew Romine and Dixon Machado at shortstop.

Earlier in the season, Romine was seeing significant action in center field.

With J.D. Martinez now back from the disabled list and playing in field on a consistent basis, Mikie Mahtook and Tyler Collins have both shifted to center field.

The duo essentially have the position covered for the Tigers.

Detroit could also use Jim Adduci in center field once he returns from the disabled list himself.

The former Rangers outfielder could conceivably start in center field if he can continue to produce at the plate for the Detroit Tigers.

Adduci’s addition to the starting lineup would likely drop the platoon of Mahtook and Collins down the depth chart and onto the bench. That, in turn, would further diminish Romine’s chances of playing center field.

All that being said, the team could plug the veteran back in at shortstop with the younger Machado.

Both are strong defenders, so the drop off in quality from Iglesias wouldn’t be significant.

In fact, the switch to Romine and Machado could be beneficial over the course of a season.

Iglesias’ defensive numbers have been strong in the past. Given more innings in the field, Machado could provide similar stats.

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In just 30 innings at shortstop last season, Machado logged some encouraging numbers. Saud stats included a DRS of 2, an rPM of 2 and a UZR/150 of 74.8.

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