Veteran infielder Jose Iglesias has opted out of his minors deal with the Padres, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.
A veteran of 11 MLB seasons, the 33-year-old Iglesias has been a quality glove-first middle infield option for big league clubs ever since his major league debut with the Red Sox in 2011. With more than 1,000 games in the majors under his belt, Iglesias owns a career slash line of .279/.319/.382, good for a wRC+ of 87 with a career strikeout rate of just 12.4%. Most recently, Iglesias played 118 games for the Rockies in 2022, with a .292/.328/.380 slash line (85 wRC+) and 12% strikeout rate that was largely in line with his career norms.
The majority of Iglesias’s value throughout his career has come from his glove, however, as Iglesias has ranked as one of the top defensive shortstops in the league since his debut in 2011 according to both UZR and OAA, with the fourth-most UZR and ninth-most OAA, minimum 1,000 innings at the position. That being said, metrics have soured on Iglesias’s glovework in recent years, with Statcast considering him a roughly league average defender over the past two seasons while Defensive Runs Saved considers him a whopping 26 runs below average over that same timeframe.
Still, as a veteran capable of solid defense up the middle with a decent bat, Iglesias could make a solid bench contributor for teams in need of infield help. That’s allowed him to secure minor league pacts with both the Marlins and the Padres since the end of the 2022 campaign, though neither club ultimately made the decision to promote him to their big league roster. Now back on the open market, Iglesias will look for a third organization to offer him a role, presumably on another minor league deal.
As for the Padres, Iglesias’s decision represents another blow to the club’s infield depth after Manny Machado hit the injured list with a fracture in his hand earlier this month and Ha-Seong Kim left yesterday’s game after taking a pitch off his knee. That being said, the club still sports Roughned Odor, Brandon Dixon, and Jake Cronenworth among their capable infield options alongside Xander Bogaerts, to say nothing of Fernando Tatis Jr. who converted to outfield work this season following the acquisition of Bogaerts.
So where’s he going next?
Pads on a major league deal
So you’re saying there’s a chance, Lloyd?
So you’re telling me there’s a chance !!! @bronxmac77
You should visit the Angels threads.
Their fans insist they need ‘fast, effective relief…’
Hook ’em up, Lloyd!
I would love nothing more than to give them what they need!!! Will keep my eyes out
Somewhere on a minor league deal.
Angels on a minor league deal.
Fever Pitch Guy
Great, a third chance for the Red Sox to not sign him.
I guess September 2021 was like ten years ago or something ….
I can’t see Bloom making the excuse that Chang’s return will solve everything. Iglesias on his worst day is far better than Chang on his best.
“To all the clubs I’ve known before”
On the road again?
Curly Was The Smart Stooge
Check between those 2 crazy nuts…
I don’t check between ANYBODY’s nuts.
Except my own, of course.
Curly Was The Smart Stooge
I was referring to Jeff Daniels & Jim Carrey……of course
You were referring to ……what?
Dom DeLuise had a similar line in ‘The End” with Burt Reynolds.
Both were in an asylum and DeLuise is chasing Burt. he yells “That man’s nuts! Grab ‘im!” Then DeLuise grabs his own and groans.
Oddly enough I just answered Lloyd above.
“The End” such an underratedly hilarious film.
Burt Reynolds’ diminishing promises to God as he gets closer to the shore and not drowning. Gets me everytime!
Burt and Dom were the best. All their movies also had outtakes that were equally great. Usually ending with Burt slapping Dom.
High up in a coconut tree with Kenny Chesney!
Nick, I’m not sure the Padres agree with your opinion that this is a “blow to the club’s infield depth”, otherwise they would have promoted him.
I’m curious about that though with HSK leaving yesterday’s game. Seems like he’s going to avoid the IL because if he was going to miss time then Iglesias would have been the natural replacement. I guess they could call up Batten since he’s already on the 40 man, but I’d personally rather have Iglesias off the bench in that situation just because of his experience and solid D,
In other words, it’s not a direct blow to their current MLB infield depth, but him leaving is somewhat a blow to their replacement options available at AAA if anyone else gets hurt.
You said it though, CN. Batten would get the call seeing as he’s already on the 40.
I think Batten as well but Tim Lopes impressed in ST and hasn’t really dropped off. The 40 spot comes into play though.
Bog at 3B and Tatis at SS isn’t out of the question but I’d prefer to leave him where he is – if I had a vote. Allows Cron to stay at 1B and Odor at 2b.
For now Dixon at 1 and Odor at 3 makes most immediate sense.
Kim will only miss Friday game. He’s back in uniform this Saturday morning
Hey Pedro I was at the game where the Padres wiped the Trollydodgers out last year. I’m sorry we can’t have another 60 game season.
Pedro 4 Delino
hey midway. i bet you’ll tell your grandkids about that game. I’m glad i triggered all you whiny babies in SD. Hopefully you guys will win something of importance someday. Haven’t even won a division in over 10 years and have a losing record. It surely is the golden age of padres baseball haha
Pedro Martinez for Delino DeShields was definitely a great trade the Dodgers pulled off, I agree with that.
“SD fans have no class”
…later in the same sentence…
“SD can go **** itself”
You sir are obviously classless and clueless yourself. Good day!
I was a season tix guy when Kevin Brown helped Tony Gwynn and the boys to the 1998 World Series. I was also there the following year when the Padres beat Brown Black& Blue, 11-2. I yelled so loud and so long that I actually lost my voice by the 7th inning. Which was okay, because the game was well in hand, and Kevin Brown was in the Dodger clubhouse, destroying a commode in anger.
None of us fans have any control over how well or how poorly the big league baseball team in our city performs. These arguments are beyond silly. Just be glad you don’t live in Oakland.
There are a lot of reasons I’m glad I don’t live in Oakland.
There was a time that Pedro was Ramon’s kid brother.
Just like Wilton Guerrero was the more famous older brother.
It ONLY matters how the Padres viewed him. They are the ones cutting the checks and making the decisions about their team.
Iglesias was not a “nice depth piece”. He was hitting more than 20% below league average in AAA and playing bad defense. He had done nothing to show that he should be in the majors.
What he was for the Padres was a guy that could hold down a position in the minors while other infielders already on the 40 man roster were called up for backup duty for the Padres because of injuries.
The way he was playing, no player would ever be DFA’d to make room for Iglesias on the 40 man roster.
exactly. And what I said. The author of the article inserted personal bias we usually don’t see in MLBTR.
Yeah…kind of weird to call it a blow to their depth if they made the decision to do it…
I vote for Pedro.
He’s dynamite, Napoleon.
REACT TO ME!!!!!!
The Padres have reverted to their norm. Should get some interesting trade chips via the draft!
The Pads have a gazillion middle infield capable players, so this was not the right team, for an older, light hitting SS like Iglesias to sign with.
Mariners…Mariners….Mariners… DFA that lousy Wong guy and pick him up…then when Dmoore gets bacl DFA polluck…and your versatility would be great!! Dipoto youre welcome now give me a job.
Didn’t realize Pollock was only hitting .167 on the season. I found it puzzling SEA thought he still had something significant in the tank since his production has been trending downward for several years. Agree that having him and Wong off the roster is addition by subtraction.
solaris- Pollock was effective against LHP last season and he was brought in almost solely for that purpose.
I get it, but he’s still hitting .167
I’ve bowled better than that.
Yeah, but that’s hindsight. I’m sure they wouldn’t have signed him either if they knew he would be hitting .167
He’s been fading for years. I still can’t see what the Dodgers saw in him.
Yea Kelenic has been hitting better then expected dont need a lefty hitter of the bench especially who isnt hitting leftys lol
Pollock isn’t a lefty and it’s easy to say it’s a bad signing with hindsight. Obviously they expected him to hit LHP well again this season and he’s just not doing that.
Probably leaving to ensure he doesn’t get called up and catch ringworm.
The Padres are an analytics superstar, but Soto’s(159 OPS+) 22 rbi leads the team and the Dodgers have SIX players with more rbi.
but Soto’s(159 OPS+) 22 rbi leads the team and the Dodgers have SIX players with more rbi.
Some of that is an offshoot of signing Bogaerts. He’s a good hitter for a SS, but he pushes Kim to 2B, and Cronenworth to 1st. Combine that with Grisham in CF and Nola at catcher, and your RBI opportunities are going to be limited. It improves the defense a bit, but it is tough to tell if it makes them better overall.
To me, that’s the product of dumb lineup construct. Soto should be hitting third. The Yanks do the same (dumb) thing with Judge. His stats are great, but his RBI are low… because the bases are always empty.
Moving Kim off of SS and Crone to 1B wasn’t the best move in my opinion, but that really doesn’t explain the poor batting numbers in the lineup. Every guy 1-9 in the starting lineup is hitting below their career averages in most meaningful stats. Including Soto. I doubt there’s another team in MLB history where this has happened. Soto seems to be rebounding while the other hitters show little sign of life. It’s weird man.
Padre fans love trash talking even though their team stinks. It’s incredible how oblivious they are to reality. At least they get all the TV coverage and have a rockstar for a GM
Hey relax. I don’t see Padre fans trash-talking here, a few Dodger fans sure, but where are Padre fans trash-talking?
How is it a blow? They have plenty of options in the infield, including Tim Lopes if they choose to call him up. Batten is also on the 40 man. Carp can play 1B, 2B, 3B in a pinch. Cronenworth can play all 4 positions. Bogey is at SS. Tatis could easily fill a position if needed. Dixon can play 1B and 3B. Odor can play 2B and 3B. Doesn’t seem like a big deal to me.
Padres still stink no matter what transactions they do
Did the Padres stink last year? If so, then 13 NL teams were even stinkier.
No, it just means they had a good week against the superior Dodgers. I call them superior because the Dodgers went 15-4 against SD in the regular season. Even after the playoffs, the Dodgers still won 2 out of every 3 against the Padres.
Yet, not when it mattered.
Random chance. Nothing more.
The Dodgers have been the one of the best teams in baseball for the last 10-15 years, but they choke in the playoffs. One World Series since 1988, pathetic.
There are 30 teams in MLB and only one of them wins a title each year. If you win one title in 30 years, you are doing what you are supposed to do. If you win more than 1 in a 30 year period. you are doing great.
@hiflew. You do know that your argument doesn’t hold water right? The Pads also had a good week against the 100-win Mets last year in October, and I give them a lot of credit for that too. The Dodgers have been solid for a decade in the regular season, but as a Giants fan who enjoyed 3 recent rings in a 5 year span, I prefer winning when it counts most.
Before those three rings, how long had it been for the Giants? Like 60 years or so. I don’t think the Giants can be considered utter failures for those entire 60 years just because they didn’t win a World Series.
It is still just a matter of luck as to when certain teams get hot. If you replayed the 2022 NL playoffs 100 times, the Phillies would probably only make the WS 2-3 of those times. And I doubt you would get a Phils/Padres LCS more than once.
I guess I didn’t like your “they had a good week” comment.
And yeah there were a lot of great Giants teams prior to the 3 recent rings yep. And a lot of great Dodger teams too. There have been some great Padre teams as well (98 for example). It’s hard to win in baseball. I’d rather compliment teams for their achievements, regular season or postseason, rather than run them down.
How else would you define it when a team wins 4 out of 5 against a team they had lost 15 out of 19 times that season and finished 22 games ahead of them in the standings? I wasn’t belittling the Padres. I was just pointing out how obvious it was that the Dodgers were the better team despite the results of their final series.
To me, the results of 162 games is far more telling than the results of 4-7 games.
Padres took the Dodgers out of the playoffs last year. So you are saying the Dodgers stink worse than the Padres?
Glad you realize that the last time the Dodgers won a legitimate WS was 1988.
They won the WS in 2020. I’m not a Dodgers fan by any means.
But your take is pitiful and pathetic.
When was the last time your team won it all?
PCL titles don’t count.
His take is reality. An extended spring training season with 7 inning games, no fans in the stands, a juiced ball, and in which half the players in the league were almost 50% better or worse than their career norms is a complete and utter joke
The Dodgers should have an asterisks next to that season.
His take is specious. That’s a nice way of saying bull patties.
Every team played under the same conditions.
It counts. No matter how much you stamp your feet or rattle your binky.
Not to real fans. They know. Nothing mattered that happened in 2020. It was a joke. Kind of like your take on this.
It counts. Really.
It counts only as they proved they were the best team in a lost season, and I give them that.
It counts, period.
Nothing anyone bloviates about will change that. No one has to like it. But it’s cold, black-letter fact. The Dodgers won the 2020 World Series.
Not a Dodger fan, btw.
Twins next? Correa injured/poor performance, Polanco injured, Miranda in AAA, Lewis can’t be called up until June 1, Gordon injured. If Correa is looking at the injured list with his foot they need another SS capable player on the roster.
Yes I think the Twins might sign him. They also could get an upgrade with the bats with someone capable of hitting north of .220. He has contact skills and is decent with the glove. Also some veteran leadership.
Hired Gun 23
Depth piece if needed, he has the right to opt out and he did…no big deal.
This one belongs to the Reds
A lot of folks opting out of Padres deals. Makes you wonder what they know.
They must think they have a better opportunity for The Show elsewhere.
AAA meal money isn’t that good.
Man, you’d think the Padres have the best flavor of Haterade with all these trolls coming out from under their bridges today! Happy Memorial Day weekend fellow seamheads. Cheers
The Padres are a monster truck with their big wheels stuck. If they ever get traction… BOOM!
Btw, I used to see monster trucks at the Murph, as well as Pads games.
Those two monster shots by Tati and Soto yesterday in the bronx were perhaps the beginning of a BOOM?
Iglesias was hitting 23% below league average in the PCL. He was also playing very poor defense.
He had shown the Padres no reason that they should DFA another player to make room on the 40 man roster to bring him up.
Hate to see the Padres lose more AAA depth, but Iglesias is not a big loss. He is pretty much done as a player.
perfect for arizona. nick is not cutting it anymore. But they love nick to much
I’ll watch Nick at Nite.
Is Iglesias better than Zack Short in Detroit? Short is as good a middle infielder, maybe better. Could Iglesias hit better?
Zack Short should work with Kevin Long.
Oh Ben Cherington, Pittsburgh needs help with the middle infield. This guy is available and could help this team.
Let keep East Los Angeles out of this conversation. You might upset the wrong people
East LA = West LV.
Jackson Avenue and the Black Strip. My grandfather used to play in the Town Tavern there right after WWII. He was a jazz musician.
Not sure what that area is like now. I know after desegregation and the end of the redlining in the early 70’s most of the blacks and chinese that owned all the clubs and casinos there moved to other areas of town.
Anyone who was or is a jazz/bluesman is top-shelf in my book, outleft.
Two thumbs (and my old sax) up!
Marlins need to release Wendle and bring him back
Kim didn’t take a pitch off his knee. He fouled a pitch off his knee.
Better than one to the giblets.
Jays should pick him up if he’s okay playing backup. Or hint hint moving Bo to 2B wink wink.
So he opted out of a minor league deal after having no interest from teams for a major league deal?
Where will he sign his next minor league deal?
Pads are playing in the Bronx. Matt Carpenter’s ovation will be Ruthian.
As he was, last year.
He keeps playing like the has recently and he might be available to play in NYC again soon.
Ahh… the ebb and flow of a big-leaguer hanging on.
Take back what you said about Juan Soto.
TAKE IT BACK!
Second game of 1998 WS rematch!
Good game last night, SanDogs.
Sevy is looking good!
In fact, he’s got a no-hitter go-…
I said it was stupid for him to sign there. They have 4 shortstops on their active roster better than him. He was never going to play there.
“Glad you realize that the last time the Dodgers won a legitimate WS was 1988.”
In 2020, the teams with the best records in each league actually met in the World Series. To get to that point, each team had to win an additional round of playoffs, thus necessitating 13 wins to hoist the trophy, vice 11 or 12. And of course, neither WS team enjoyed a home field advantage.
I would submit that the 2020 World Series Champions endured more to get where they did, not less.
No matter who they were.