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Tigers, Iglesias avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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The team has its starting shortstop. For now.

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The Detroit Tigers have avoided arbitration once again.

The team agreed to terms with shortstop Jose Iglesias on a one-year deal on Wednesday evening, according to the club. The deal will see Iglesias make $6.275 million, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.

The Tigers have avoided arbitration with all eligible players this offseason.

The one-year deal, looking deeper, may serve as another sign that Iglesias’s time in Detroit may not extend beyond this season as the Tigers’ rebuild takes further effect, a sentiment shared by our own Rob Rogacki. General manager Al Avila has more or less confirmed that Iglesias’s days in Detroit are numbered and that he could very well be traded over the summer.

“He’s one of those guys that, quite frankly, he probably will not be with us in the long run,” Avila said in an appearance on the January 4th edition of 97.1 The Ticket’s TigerTalk radio program. “We have to make sure that we develop a good shortstop in our system for our future.” (A full version of the January 4th edition, as well as others, can be found here.)

Whether Iglesias plays out his one-year deal in Detroit is unclear. But Tigers fans can enjoy at least a few more months of Gold Glove-caliber defense and fielding wizardry such as this: