Detroit Tigers: Predicting Jose Iglesias’ trade market

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 12: Jose Iglesias #1 of the Detroit Tigers rounds the bases past third baseman Miguel Sano #22 of the Minnesota Twins after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning at Comerica Park on August 12, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 12: Jose Iglesias #1 of the Detroit Tigers rounds the bases past third baseman Miguel Sano #22 of the Minnesota Twins after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning at Comerica Park on August 12, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 3: Shortstop Jose Iglesias #1 of the Detroit Tigers turns the ball after getting a force out on Greg Allen #53 of the Cleveland Indians during the second inning at Comerica Park on September 3, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians hit into the play but beat the throw to first base. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

A trade

With a younger and cheaper replacement in Dixon Machado waiting in the wings, it might make sense for Detroit to deal the team’s current starting shortstop for future pieces.

Additionally, Machado profiles as a similar player to Iglesias in the sense that he’s a dependable defender with some offensive upside.

In that regard, Detroit will have a stylistically-similar shortstop for the foreseeable future.

The trade market

The good news for the Detroit Tigers is that Jose Iglesias is a superior option to pretty much every shortstop on the free agent market—with the exception, perhaps, of Zack Cozart.

For what it’s worth, Iglesias is five years younger and a better defensive player, so there’s that.

Still, teams could conceivably be more inclined to give up something in a trade for Iglesias than pick a shortstop out of a free agent crop that will include some combination of J.J. Hardy, Alcides Escobar and Danny Espinosa among others.

The bad news for the Detroit Tigers is that most teams have a shortstop solution.

Every contender pretty much has one, as do—well most of the league really.

Unforeseen injuries and trades could always create more of a need, but as it stands there are only a handful of teams who could be fits for Iglesias.

This is all speculative mind you, bet here’s a look at those teams.