Miami Marlins changed the SS situation...
As the Miami Marlins are dealing with position battles and as Spring Training continues, more SS depth has been brought in. The Fish were supposed to enter this season with Joey Wendle at SS, but now he'll have competition as Jose Iglesias has been signed to a Minor League deal. what can we expect from the new signing? Will Iglesias be able to make the team and make an impact? Let's ake a look at the new signing...
The Miami Marlins signed Jose Iglesias to a Minor League deal.
Jose Iglesias is a 33 year old veteran of 11 Major League seasons. He is also Cuban, which will be great for him as he will be able to play in Little Havana if he gets called up. I think that him being called up is pretty much a lock at this point, and I would be very surprised if we didn't see him play at all on the Major League team this season.
Iglesias started his career with the Boston Red Sox in 2011. He batted a combined .135/.210/.203 in 35 games and 74 AB in 2011-2012 with 1 home run and 2 RBI. He started 2013 in Boston and batted .330/.376/.409 in 63 games and 215 AB, but was traded to the Detroit Tigers mid-season. He batted .259/.306/.348 in 46 games and 135 AB with 2 home runs and 10 RBI. After missing some time due to injuries, he was back in Detroit for the 2015-2018 seasons.
Jose Iglesias batted .269/.312/.366 in 512 games and 1778 AB with 17 home runs and 157 RBI. It was during that time that he developed a reputation as an elite defender. He had a 1.9 dWAR in 2016 for example. He had his best season in 2019 with the Cincinnati Reds, when he batted .288/.318/.407 with 11 home runs and 59 RBI in 146 games and 504 AB. He was effective in a short sample in 2020 with the Baltimore Orioles, batting .373/.400/.556 with 3 home runs and 24 RBI in 39 games and 142 AB.
Iglesias turned into a journeyman for 2021-2022, playing for the Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies and batting a cumulative .281/.318/.386 with 12 home runs and 95 RBI in 255 games and 922 AB. Iglesias's defense declined and he's never really been an offensive threat, so he had to settle for a Minor League deal this off-season. He's going to be very solid depth for the Miami Marlins.