Jose Iglesias cleared for lower-body workouts

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Jason Beck of MLB.com shares the update

Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias, whose 2014 season ended in Spring Training when stress fractures were discovered in both legs, received a major go-ahead towards being ready for 2015 when he was cleared for lower-body rehabilitation and conditioning exercises Tuesday.

Iglesias was given that official go-ahead after being examined by Dr. Thomas Clanton of the Steadman Clinic on Wednesday afternoon in Vail, Colorado. An MRI and CT scan both showed significant bone healing.

“This was the best possible news we were looking at,” Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand told reporters on Wednesday evening at Comerica Park. “As far as Dr. Clanton is concerned, it appears the bone [in each leg] has healed, and it’s now time to put stress back on it and see how the bone responds.”

Iglesias, a defensive whiz, should open the 2015 season as Detroit’s starting shortstop.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.