A busy sports day in Detroit just got a busier as fans learned a valuable lesson of NEVER trusting what a general manager has to say.
Hours after Dave Dombrowski made it look as though Detroit wasn’t on the verge of any blockbuster deals or addressing an impending short stop dilemma, the Tigers did a total 180. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Tigers sent outfielder Avisail Garcia to the Chicago White Sox in a three team deal that sent Jake Peavy to the Red Sox and Boston shortstop Jose Iglesias back to Detroit.
Three-way, as first reported by @WEEI, surely will have more names involved than Peavy, Iglesias and A. Garcia.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2013
In addition to Garcia the Tigers also parted with pitcher Brayan Villarreal who will be making his way to the Red Sox.
The 23-year-old Iglesias comes to Detroit as perhaps the best defensive shortstop in the game. In fact prior to the season Baseball America said just that of the previously 9th rated prospect in the Red Sox system. Most of his high praise too was because of his glove however it looks as though he can provide some offensive upside as well. So far this season Iglesias is hitting .330/.377/.410 in 231 plate appearances. However those numbers are a little misleading considering he’s been in a huge slump as of late hitting .212/.248/.222 with just one extra-base hit in his past 105 plate appearances.
Giving up Garcia for the Tigers obviously hurts when you consider his offensive potential and prospectus of being an every day right fielder in the very near future. However in terms of prospect upside both Iglesias and Garcia rank out pretty even if each and every team in the league had a level playing field when it came to the minor league system and what was up at the major league level. This though isn’t the case for the Tigers who are pretty slim when it comes to middle infield prospects and given the increasing possibility of incumbent starting shortstop Jhonny Peralta getting suspended for a considerable amount of time the move to acquire Iglesias became a no-brainer. Not to mention the Tigers outfield is pretty much set for the next few seasons while shortstop is now taken care of at least through the 2018 season with Iglesias being under team control until then.
We’ll continue to update this page with any further developments in the trade.