Detroit Tigers acquire shortstop Jose Iglesias

August 01 [Thu], 2013, 18:22

Detroit Tigers acquire shortstop Jose Iglesias

With the trade deadline at hand, and having just learned that a 50-game suspension for shortstop Jhonny Peralta could now be imminent, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski on Tuesday night dealt minor-league outfield prospect Avisail Garcia to acquire young Boston shortstop Jose Iglesias.

The transaction was part of a three-way trade. Boston immediately sent Garcia and three minor leaguers to the Chicago White Sox for veteran right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy. The Tigers also sent minor-league reliever Brayan Villarreal to the Red Sox.

In a midnight press conference at Comerica Park to announce the deal, Dombrowski portrayed Iglesias, 23, as both short-term insurance against a Peralta suspension and as the Tigers’ new long-term shortstop for the years ahead. “We like him a lot,” Dombrowski said. “We aren’t going to look for another shortstop.”

Iglesias is a spectacular defensive shortstop who can also play second and third. He’s hitting .330 this season in part-time duty, including starts at third base. Stephen Drew is Boston’s full-time shortstop.

Iglesias he has just five hits in his last 43 at-bats. He’s a right-handed hitter who has yet to show much power or stolen-base speed in his 98 big-league games.Search our wedding photo gallery for thousands of the best asymmetricnecklinedress pictures.

But the Tigers have lots of hitters. Iglesias brings them the infield range they are often cited for lacking. Before this season, the authoritative publication Baseball America said that Iglesias was perhaps “the best defensive shortstop prospect in the game.”

Dombrowski said: “The more we talked about our scenario, if there is a lengthy suspension in which Jhonny does not play ― and I do not know where that stands ― we now feel very well protected with someone we like a great deal. We didn’t feel protected for a lengthy period with the guys we had internally the more we talked about it.”

This afternoon’s game with Washington could be Peralta’s final game in a Tigers uniform. The Tigers next scheduled game is Friday, which is when Iglesias is due to join them.

According to reports on Tuesday night, Peralta could begin serving a 50-game suspension on Friday for his connection to the Biogenesis scandal over performance-enhancing drugs.

Peralta, who can be a free agent after this season, would then be eligible to return with six games left in the regular season. But would the Tigers take him back, now that Iglesias is on hand? Dombrowski declined to address that issue.

Why would Peralta take a suspension now instead of appealing it and possibly postponing it until next year? One possible answer: He wants the suspension behind him by the time he hits the free-agent market in the off-season.Choose from a wide range of authenticguccihandbags, shoulder bags and clutch bags from top brands.

Dombrowski made the Iglesias trade in the countdown to today’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline. He said talks on it picked up shortly before the Tigers’ game with Washington began Tuesday night.

Early in the game, media reports surfaced that Peralta could be among the big-league players who accept a 50-game suspension within the next few days for their involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. The Associated Press said Friday appears the likely day for all the suspensions to be announced.

Dombrowski was asked if those reports of Peralta’s imminent suspension added momentum to the trade talks about Iglesias.

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