It is quite obvious why the Detroit Tigers acquired infielder Jose Iglesias at the trade deadline. With plenty of suspensions about to be handed down, the Tigers are anticipating shortstop Jhonny Peralta to be one of them. After seeing what happened to Ryan Bran, it is wise to expect Peralta will have to sit out for quite some time. Will Iglesias be able to replace Peralta’s production if the veteran is indeed suspended?
As of right now, Peralta is not interested in discussing what might happen to him in the future. His only worry is how he can help Detroit reach the World Series for the second year in a row.
I don’t hear nothing yet,” Peralta said, according to Tigers.com. “I try to play this game. I’m still here, I don’t worry about nothing, I try to play this game today.”
Peralta is having a very nice season in which he is batting .307 with 10 home runs, 53 RBI and 29 doubles in 387 at-bats. Even though Iglesias will not be able to provide the same power numbers, he is still capable of hitting for average (.330) and getting on base (.376). His batting average and on-base percentage have to be expected to drop if he is required to take on more at-bats. However, he has certainly proven this season that he is capable of handling a bigger role.
Obviously, replacing Peralta is no easy task. Unfortunately, it looks like Iglesias will have to do just that considering MLB is on the verge of suspending at least nine more players.