Good new for the Tribe today. Detroit Tigers starting shortstop Jose Iglesias is reported to miss most or all of the 2014 season with injuries to both shins. This is a big blow to an already weakened Tiger team compared to last season with the losses of 1B Prince Fielder, SP Doug Fister and even their manager Jim Leyland over the offseason. Now with the season quickly approaching, the Tigers need to fill one of the biggest positions on the field. The Tigers still heavily favored to win the AL Central title for the fourth straight season, this news is very detrimental to this Tiger team.
The Tigers don’t have much man power in their current roster to replace Iglesias. They have utility infielders Steve Lombardozzi and Danny Worth. As far as minor leaguers they have Hernan Perez and Eugenio Suarez, all have been playing during spring training since Iglesias has only played in one game. They really need an experienced shortstop to replace Iglesias considering their rookie 3B Nick Castellanos and even new 2B Ian Kinsler.
They don’t have many options as far reaching outside the club lines to find a replacement. Free agent Stephen Drew is probably the best option. He hit .253 with 13 home runs and 67 RBIs in 214 games with Boston last year. He had declined at 14.1M offer from the Red Sox early this offseason.
Whatever they decide to do, they need to do it quickly, if this option they choose if worse than what Iglesias is, then this will really make the AL Central race more interesting than people may think. I’m might be a little bias, but this race is a lot more open than most think.