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Report: Tigers still willing to trade Jose Iglesias

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Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are still willing to deal shortstop Jose Iglesias. He adds that, due to the slowly developing free agent market, the Tigers may choose to hold onto him for now and reevaluate the market during spring training.

Iglesias, 28, will become a free agent after the season, so the rebuilding Tigers would like to recoup value for him while they still can. While Iglesias hasn’t offered much with the bat — he owns a career .673 OPS across parts of six seasons — he is considered by many to be among the better defensive shortstops.

There isn’t much in terms of quality on the free agent market for shortstops this offseason, but those that are available require only cash while Iglesias would cost minor league player(s), which is why the Tigers may end up waiting at least a couple more months to try to trade him. Among free agent shortstops available are Jose Reyes, J.J. Hardy, Alcides Escobar, and Eduardo Nunez.

Manny Machado, batting second, playing shortstop in his Dodgers debut

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The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.

Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.