With Jhonny Peralta apparently headed for a lengthy suspension in the Biogenesis case, the Detroit Tigers reportedly acquired Boston infielder Jose Iglesias in a three-team trade on Tuesday night. The move, reported by several national baseball writers, will send Detroit outfield prospect Avisail Garcia to the White Sox, bring Iglesais to Detroit and move Jake Peavy to Boston.
The latest rumors also have more pieces involved in that blockbuster deal, which comes less than 24 hours before the MLB trade deadline.
Iglesias was hitting .330 with 19 RBI for the Red Sox this season, though he’s posted just a .200 average in July. The real value for the Tigers comes in that Iglesias is a fine defender, capable of playing any position on the infield. Given that Peralta could be facing at least a 50-game suspension in the coming days — and this trade certainly indicates the Tigers are expecting that — and both Omar Infante and Miguel Cabrera are hobbling, Iglesias will provide the Tigers much more flexibility.
The 23-year-old Iglesias also could be part of the Tigers’ future for several seasons, which may take some of the sting off the loss of Garcia. One of the Tigers’ most coveted prospects, Garcia hit .241 in 30 games this season with the big-league club and has been raking at a .382 clip in Triple-A Toledo.
Garcia probably falls second on the Tigers’ prospect pecking order, though, behind fellow outfielder Nick Castellanos. It does appear that the Tigers will hold on to Castellanos through the trade deadline, possibly setting the stage for a late-season call-up.