A lot of names have been floated out there in trade talk recently for the Boston Red Sox. Jose Iglesias wasn’t a very common one though. Yesterday’s deal that sent Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team deal in which the Chicago White Sox sent Jake Peavy to Boston, was a welcomed surprise and a good trade for all sides involved.
Although Iglesias is having a good season for the Red Sox, the time was never more appropriate to trade him. His value will never be this high because he will likely never hit .330 again in his career. Additionally, the Red Sox are ironically deep at their weakest position of shortstop. However, there are only two positions on the left side of the infield. In the long term, the Red Sox were ultimately going to have to part ways with either Iglesias, Will Middlebrooks or Xander Bogaerts.
They made the right choice. Bogaerts is a top-level prospect and has immensely more value than the other two. If the Red Sox were to trade him they would need to get someone on the level of Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton. Middlebrooks’ value right now is too low to trade him. He does have good power and if he can find his swing again, then he could be a contributor down the stretch. Iglesias reached his peak though and he was blocking the entrance of Bogaerts to Boston.
This deal was a good one for all three teams. The Tigers get insurance in case Jhonny Peralta gets suspended, the White Sox get younger and the Red Sox get to an established arm. This deal only makes sense though if Bogaerts gets called up. Although he is only 20 years old, he is clearly Major League ready. The Red Sox need to play to win now and Bogaerts helps them do that more than Iglesias does. In 1997, the Florida Marlins won the World Series due in large part to their 19-year-old phenom shortstop Edgar Renteria. Bogaerts could have a similar impact if given the chance.