The Detroit Tigers signed shortstop Jose Iglesias to a 1-year, $1.65 million contact, and it shouldn’t be the last contract Iglesias signs as a Tiger.
The Tigers control the rights to Iglesias until 2018, but a new deal was required this offseason after Iglesias’s amateur free agent deal expired.
As a rookie last season, Iglesias put up some exceptional numbers. Iglesias hit .303 with 29 RBIs, and established himself as one of the best defensive shortstops in the MLB. Iglesias’s number took a little bit of a dip after he was traded to the Tigers by the Boston Red Sox in a three-way deal on July 30, dropping from .330 with the Red Sox to .259 with the Tigers, but the overall numbers were still good. Iglesias also finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, a testament to Iglesias’s fine season.
The Tigers have handed Iglesias the keys to the shortstop position this season after Jhonny Peralta left this offseason. Iglesias should be more than a capable replacement. He will solidify the shortstop position with his defensive play and could provide solid production for the Tigers from the bottom of the lineup. Iglesias provides a player that will get on base at a high rate, including a .349 rate last year, and handles the bat better than the average number nine hitter.
Iglesias also provides the Tigers with a young option that will improve over time. Having already established himself as a great defender, Iglesias could become one of the best shortstops in the game with improvement at the plate.
Iglesias will be eligible for arbitration in 2015, and the Tigers should sign Iglesias to a long-term deal at that point.