Arizona just announced that utility man Geoff Blum will likely miss 6-8 weeks following knee surgery, although Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that an official return timetable won’t be set “until doctors see the extent of the damage.”
Kirk Gibson revealed that it won’t be microfracture surgery, which qualifies as good news. Blum has been sidelined since mid-March.
In one of his first moves as general manager Kevin Towers gave Blum a two-year, $2.7 million deal, which raised eyebrows as a multi-year commitment and surprising amount of money to a 38-year-old career-long utility man who hit .267 with a .678 OPS in 2010 and has topped a .700 OPS once since 2003.
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.