Dodgers Not Expected to Be Players in Jose Iglesias Free Agency
Last week, veteran MLB shortstop Jose Iglesias opted out of a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins. Given the state of the shortstop position at the time for the Dodgers — Luke Williams was starting — it got fans talking… and asking. Should they sign Iglesias?
The response was mixed.
Most fans identified the obvious need for LA at shortstop, particularly with Miguel Rojas on the IL and Chris Taylor sidelined with an oblique issue. While others felt that the long-time major league infielder wasn’t really exceptional, especially at this point in his career.
Dodgers beat writer Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic weighed in on the topic a recent column. In his view, he didn’t see the fit in LA.
Even with their options thin, the club is not expected to show much interest in a veteran option such as Jose Iglesias, the slick-fielding shortstop who opted out of a minor-league deal with the Marlins on Thursday to seek big-league opportunities.Via The Athletic
Iglesias may or may not be an upgrade over Taylor or Rojas (it really depends on the day, I guess). But he’s a quality big leaguer and comes with some All-Star pedigree, having been selected to the AL team back in 2015.
For now, however, the Dodgers seem set to explore all internal options before considering a stop gap at the position. One of those internal options being Mookie Betts who made his first career start at shortstop on Sunday and more than held his own at the position. Additionally, Miguel Rojas is expected back when the Dodgers return home to LA this Friday. With Betts, Rojas, and Chris Taylor healthy, the team would seem to have enough depth to survive the next few days and weeks before getting a true barometer of where the club is at up the middle.
In June, we’ll have a better idea of not only where the roster is at, but also where 29 other teams may be standing in the playoff picture.
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Sign him! He’s a career .277hitter, contact hitter, better than betting on whatever Heyward or williams. Doesn’t walk much but he can activate a lot of hit and run plays pressuring the defense for really getting the bottom half of the order moving.