Many of you watching the 2013 MLB Postseason might have forgotten about the mid-season trade that was made between the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox. As fate would have it; two of the players in this three-team are squaring off in the ALCS — Jose Iglesias of the Tigers and Jake Peavy of the Red Sox.
Iglesias is the younger of the two and has turned heads with his defensive play. At just 23 years old, Iglesias has proven himself as a defensive wizard at both shortstop and third base. Moreover, Peavy turns 33 years old in May and could leave Boston after the 2014 season as he has a $15 million player option for the 2015 season; obviously, Peavy would be a fool to decline the option, but stranger things have happened.
Either way, by the time 2015 rolls around Iglesias is likely to have two Gold Gloves Awards as his defensive prowess has caused nearly every MLB fan to drop his jaw.
With Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Clay Buchholtz solidified as Boston’s top three starters, it’s tough to see where Peavy fits in the Red Sox starting rotation. Meanwhile, Iglesias is the kind of infielder that could easily be a Fenway Park mainstay for the next 15 years. This trade is one that folks in Boston are going to be regretting for a long time.