The Detroit Tigers landed the infielder they were looking for, acquiring Jose Iglesias from the Boston Red Sox in a three-team trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Red Sox and the Tigers’ Avisail Garcia to the Chicago White Sox.
The deal was a surprise to many as Iglesias wasn’t brought up often in trade rumors, but it’s a deal the Tigers had to make with the recent injury to Omar Infante and the looming suspension to Jhonny Peralta. It also speaks to the fact that Peralta likely will not appeal his likely suspension; if the Tigers thought that he would drag his case until the offseason, there would not be the need to make such a big move at the deadline.
Iglesias was hitting .330 with the Red Sox this season and has a very solid glove. At just 23-years old, he is going to be the shortstop of the future for the Tigers, and will inject some much-needed youth and speed into the Tigers’ lineup.
Detroit had to give up some talent to get him, giving up Garcia, who is widely considered to be the second-best positional prospect in the organization. Having played with the big league team off and on for the past two seasons, he will be missed; but, the move to acquire a long-term solution in an infield that was riddled with doubt and uncertainty was far too good to pass up.
So moving forward, it’s clear that the Tigers have addressed the thing that many Tigers fans had concerned themselves over in the past few weeks.
The Tigers have decent depth in the outfield, so losing Garcia won’t be too much of a burden (although trading him to a rival is always scary). It’s a bold move, and one that will hopefully pay off for the Tigers as they look to avoid any letdown after the Biogenesis suspensions get handed out sometime in early August.
Detroit took their first step into the future today and may not be done just yet.