Avisail Garcia had already shown flashes of brilliance for the Detroit Tigers, but they had too many solid outfield prospects and the time to deal one of them was now.
The Tigers will now have to watch Garcia play for a division foe in the Chicago White Sox, and they’re hoping it won’t come back to haunt them. Despite the fact he was only 21-years-old at the time, Garcia stepped up to the plate in the postseason for Detroit in 2012 and has been confident every step of the way.
His power numbers should see a jolt with the move to U.S. Cellular Field. With the short amount of outfield ground to cover, he will also be an exceptional defensive player.
The move also clears the way for Nick Castellanos to get to the big leagues. The Tigers had lots of outfield depth and not enough infield depth at this point in time. With a suspension to Jhonny Peralta looming and Omar Infante on the disabled list, the Tigers needed to add someone who is a versatile infielder who can play multiple positions.
Iglesias will likely be the Tigers’ shortstop of the future. He is locked up until 2019. With Peralta being in a contract year, he will not likely be back in the future, but Tigers’ fans shouldn’t be worried. While Iglesias doesn’t have the same power as Peralta, he gives them an added speed dimension and plays as good of defense, if not better.
Losing Garcia hurts, but the Tigers couldn’t ignore the fact that they have little depth in the infield right now. As unpopular as it may be, sometimes a team has to make a tough decision to give up a popular player to fill a need. In this case, Garcia was that player.