The Rockies signed the shortstop Jose Iglesias to a one-year contract, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com (by Twitter).Mike Rodriguez of Univision tweeted earlier tonight that Iglesias and the Rox were close to making a deal, and noted later that Iglesias will win $5 million. Iglesias is represented by MVP Sports Group.
As Nick Groke of The Athletic notesthe Rockies signing Iglesias to play shortstop means ‘the door is closed on the Trevor’s Story era.” Story took over as Colorado’s regular shortstop from Troy Tulowitzki in 2016, finishing fourth in Rookie of the Year voting and garnering MVP votes in each of the 2018-20 seasons. The Rockies extended the $18.4 million qualifying offer to Story in November, and he remains a free agent. former third draft pick Brendan Rodgers as the team’s second baseman.
Iglesias, 32, played for the Red Sox, Tigers, Reds, Orioles and Angels during his 10-year MLB career. Iglesias signed with the Red Sox as Cuba’s shortstop in 2009. On his way to a second-place finish as Rookie of the Year in 2013, Iglesias was traded to the Tigers on a three-team deal at the July deadline. Stress fractures in both of his legs kept him out for the entire 2014 season, but Iglesias went on to make his only All-Star Game in 2015 and served as a shortstop Tigers for four seasons.
Iglesias joined the Reds on a surprising minor league deal in late February 2019. He eventually joined the Orioles as a free agent in January 2020, posting an unusual record of 160 wRC+ in 150 plate appearances. to reclaim Iglesias’ $3.5 million club option for 2021, though they traded him to the Angels for a minor league pair a month later. Iglesias won most of the Angels’ innings at shortstop in 2021, but was released in September. returned to the Red Sox on a big league contract and hit well during his brief time there, despite not being eligible for the club’s playoff roster.
With a career of 87 wRC+ on the board, defense is Iglesias’ calling card. Its Statcast Outs Above Average metrics dating back to 2016 have generally been above average. Iglesias Defensive Runs Saved metrics were erratic, and he struggled in Ultimate Zone Rating in ‘twenty-one.
Iglesias endured what you might call a lack of respect for the game during the last few years of his solid career, from the minor league contract with the Reds to the release by the Angels. Nevertheless, he was the main stop- short of his team in every season dating back to 2015, and has just signed the biggest contract of his big league career since arriving from Cuba. The post-lockdown free agent market has quickly provided homes for the few players non-star free agents who had over 500 innings at shortstop in 2021, signing from the Cubs Andrelton Simmons to a $4 million deal yesterday and the Astros adding Niko Goodrum on a $2.1 million deal today. Carlos Correawith much higher expected prices and eligible offers attached, have yet to sign.
For the Rockies, Iglesias will help close the gap with their 20-year-old top shortstop prospect Ezequiel TovarBaseball America ranked the Venezuelan ninth among Rockies prospects, explaining, “Tovar still has many years of growth ahead of him, but he’s talented enough defensively to eventually be the Rockies’ starting shortstop.” for 2022 at Iglesias, the Rockies believe they are achieving their stated goal of adding offense via the outfield.