The Detroit Tigers have made it clear that Jose Iglesias is not a part of the teams future. Could he be dealt to the shortstop-needy Twins?
Detroit Tigers General Manager Al Avila stated that Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is ‘not a part of the teams future‘. The expectation is that Iglesias will be dealt at the trade deadline, so the Tigers can acquire prospects instead of letting him go in free agency.
The 28-year-old Iglesias hit .255 last season with six home runs, seven stolen bases and a 73 OPS+. While his glove is still elite, he has shown very little with the bat over the last two seasons. He is owed $6.275 million this year, a hefty price for a glove first infielder with a below average bat.
He was not dealt this offseason mostly because few teams had a need for a shortstop. The expectation is that teams will want to take a chance on Iglesias in July, after injuries or ineffectiveness plague their current starter.
However, just yesterday a contending team was dealt a massive blow, as Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco was suspended 80 games for PED use.
Could the Tigers reverse course and offer Jose Iglesias to a division rival? Would the Twins even be interested in acquiring Iglesias as a temporary fill-in? What kind of prospect capital could the Tigers get in return for Iggy? And finally, who would play shortstop if Igleisas were dealt?