Detroit Tigers: Predicting Jose Iglesias’ trade market
Detroit Tigers fans could conceivably see some trades happen this offseason. One of the team’s best trade chips is Jose Iglesias. Here’s a look at hypothetical trade fits.
Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is probably, outside of Ian Kinsler and Shane Greene, the player general manager Al Avila can get the most in return for in a trade.
Whether Iglesias is traded at all this offseason remains to be seen.
However, the shortstop would fetch a decent return in a trade.
He’s more than proved his worth in the field, with a 15.6 defensive runs above average that is only bested by Anaheim’s Andrelton Simmons and Washington’s Anthony Rendon among Major League players.
Iglesias has also shown that he can add some value offensively, with 54 RBI, 30 extra-base hits and a 74 wRC+.
The shortstop isn’t going to win a Silver Slugger any time soon, but he certainly isn’t a liability offensively.
Were the Tigers contending, Iglesias would be a long-term piece in the Motor City.
However, Detroit needs to accumulate prospects for the future and shed salary.
As it stands, Iglesias is one of general manager Al Avila’s best trade chips in terns of stockpiling said prospects.
What’s more, he’s making $4.1 million this year (per Spotrac) before hitting the free agent market after the 2018 season.