The Nationals currently sit atop the NL East, battling for first place with the Atlanta Braves. With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, rumors are starting to circulate about potential moves. If the Nationals go for anyone, they will most likely be seeking infielders and relief pitchers.
The Detroit Tigers have a promising 24-year-old infielder who might be a steal right now. SS Jose Iglesias is missing this season because of stress fractures in both shins. He was acquired by the Tigers from the Boston Red Sox. In 2013, Iglesias hit for a .303 average and was praised for his fielding abilities. His 2014 season ended before it started, however.
Iglesias would be of no immediate help to the Nationals. The team has options for the rest of the season though. With 3B Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day DL, the Nationals have the option to flex in infielder Zach Walters as needed until Zimmerman returns.
Iglesias, who was touted as the Tigers’ new long-term shortstop, could be an investment in the future. His trade value went down when his injury knocked him out of the 2014 season, and the Nationals could acquire him for cheap if the Tigers are willing to jump ship.
The Tigers could wait until the offseason to move Iglesias or try to use the shortstop as they had intended when he is healthy. But if they are willing to entertain offers, teams like the Nationals might get a good deal on Iglesias.