Todd Helton, who was dropped to the sixth spot in the batting order on Sunday, was fitted with contact lenses on Monday, according to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post.
The 36-year-old first baseman entered play on Monday with a .250 batting average to go along with just
one home run and 10 RBI. Helton told Armstrong that he had 20/15 vision in the past, but indicated that his vision might be a factor in his recent slump.
“Could be. I wasn’t seeing the ball. It was
either my eyes or my head. I didn’t know if there was anything wrong.
It was just one of those things were I wanted to make sure.”
Helton is currently third among active players (min. 3000 plate appearances)
with a .326 batting average. Only Albert Pujols tops his .426 career on-base percentage.
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.