Shortstop Jose Iglesias’ brief – officially non-existent – career with the Miami Marlins ended Thursday as the player opted out of his minor league contract with the ball club.
The 11-year veteran is a free agent and free to sign with any team that gets him. He has already played for six MLB teams in his career.
Jose Iglesias headed into spring training in March in something of a battle with fellow minor league contract signing Yuli Gurriel, formerly of the Houston Astros. Gurriel, a scathing first baseman, won the battle for a spot on the major league roster with the Miami Marlins, who were struggling with offensive challenges.
The team installed utility Jon Berti as the team’s starting shortstop, as Iglesias played the waiting game. He failed to show up to a minor league Marlins club and eventually, nearly a month after Miami chose Gurriel over him, Iglesias wanted to be released.
Although he was let go by the Miami Marlins, Jose Iglesias is unlikely to be unemployed for long. He is a defensively solid shortstop who can defend at the plate with a lifetime batting average of .279 MLB.
fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers begged their ball club to bring him back on board as quickly as possible. The team was without a true shortstop after losing Trea Turner via a free agency at Philadelphia Phillies during the offseason, with slated replacement Gavin Lux being lost for the season due to an injury sustained in spring training.
Not so fast, let’s say Boston Red Sox Fans. Iglesias started his major league career at Beantown in 2011. Boston also has a revolving door at shortstop, and what would work better right now than bringing Jose Iglesias back to where it all started. May the loss of the Miami Marlins be the gain of the Red Sox.
Wait a minute, Boston…didn’t you trade Iglesias for Motown in the middle of his 2013 Rookie of the Year runner-up season? It really belongs to Detroit Tigers. Iglesias had his only All-Star season with Detroit in 2015, and he had the longest stint of career stability with the Tigers. If there’s a home for Iglesias, it’s Comerica Park.
Jose Iglesias, Miami Marlins never wanted to be
A marriage between Havana, Cuba, native Iglesias and the Marlins almost made too much sense to happen. The Marlins needed a solid shortstop who could hit the ball.
While Iglesias’ bat has virtually no power, his worst batting average in a full season was .255. Berti, the Miami player, enters a short-term starting role, has a lifetime average of .243 and reaches .224 in 2023.