Jose Iglesias – Baltimore Orioles
Another player that doesn’t quite fit the timeline of the Baltimore Orioles is shortstop Jose Iglesias. Having been a member of the Detroit Tigers from 2013-2018, Iglesias is a player that the Indians should be familiar with.
Iglesias will be 31-years old at the start of the 2021 season and like Alberto, he doesn’t seem to fit into the plans that the Orioles have for when they are contending, making him an easy trade target. However, his contract might be a little harder on the trade market.
This isn’t because he is expensive, but rather it would require the Orioles to pick up his club option for the 2021 season. If they pick up his option, odds are they want him around. That option is currently set at $3.5 million.
The flip side of this is that Iglesias is predominately a shortstop, meaning the Indians would need a shortstop to pursue him. Early indications are pointing towards the Indians trading Francisco Lindor, which could create a need for Iglesias.
While Tyler Freeman is the shortstop of the future for the Cleveland Indians, he won’t be ready at the start of next season. With a one year left on his deal, Iglesias would be the perfect bridge to Freeman and at a low cost to the Cleveland Indians.