Jose Iglesias’ number one job as a member of the Tigers is to be an above average defender at shortstop, one of the most demanding positions on the diamond. He filled that role admirably in 2016 but saw his offensive number dip to their lowest point in his three full seasons as a major league player.
As a bottom-of-the-order hitter, doesn’t need to see his OPS rise back into the 700s to be reasonably productive for his batting slot, but he will need to last season’s .648 OPS mark. The average American League hitter batting in the seventh, eighth, or ninth spots (excluding pitchers) hit for a .681 OPS.
A total batting line in that range, combined with his usual excellent defense, will make Iglesias a three WAR player. It wouldn’t get him All-Star recognition or anything, but he’d help to add an extra win or two for the Tigers over their 2016 finish (and when you’re battling for Wild Card position, every extra win is huge).