Here are some of the highlights from the MVP press conferences for Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer.
First up is Pujols, who talked about getting the news while driving his daughter to school and what it means to join some pretty exclusive company as a three-time MVP:
Soft spoken as always, Mauer spent most of his press conference thanking people and noting that he was at a loss for words:
The Tigers announced on Wednesday evening that the club and shortstop Jose Iglesias agreed on a contract for the 2018 season, avoiding arbitration. Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that it’s a one-year deal worth $6.275 million.
Iglesias, 28, was eligible for arbitration for the third and final time, which means he can become a free agent after the upcoming season. This past season, he hit a light .255/.288/.369 in 489 plate appearances. However, both defensive metrics and scouts paint him as an above-average defender at shortstop.
The rebuilding Tigers are still reportedly trying to trade Iglesias. The club already traded veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler this offseason. During last season, the Tigers moved J.D. Martinez, Alex Avila, Justin Upton, and Justin Verlander.