Former Detroit Tigers shortstop, José Iglesias
While the signs and rumors seem to point out that the Detroit Tigers will add a big-name shortstop. The signs point to Carlos Correa or Marcus Semien, but if the team opts to save a bunch of money and go the dollar store version, they could go grab a former Tigers shortstop.
José Iglesias was a long-time hero in the Tigers infield, making insane plays and anchoring down the top of the Tigers lineup. The 31-year old spent five years with the Tigers after being acquired in a three-way trade that involved Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox and Avisail Garcia from the Tigers at the time.
Iglesias would go on to be the captain of the Tigers infield and become a genuinely sound defender. Over his five seasons in Detroit, he would collect an all-star game appearance and be a solid one or two-hitter while making impeccable plays defensively, saving runs all the time.
However, since then, he has gone on to play for a couple of teams. In 2021, he started with the Los Angeles Angels, where he logged 113 games before being designated for assignment and ultimately choosing his release.
He was picked up by the Boston Red Sox, where he logged 23 games, helping the team reach a wildcard game where he was not on the roster. However, in total, Iglesias played in 137 games where he slashed .271/.309/.391 with 38 extra-base hits and 48 RBI.
If the Tigers wanted to bring back a cheap and short-term option, Iglesias could be considered. The former Tigers infielder might not have left on the best terms after having some rumored clubhouse issues, but maybe things have changed, and the Tigers can consider a cheap deal to avoid shelling out the big bucks.