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Inbox: Iglesias running out of suitors?

Beat reporter Jason Beck answers questions from Tigers fans
July 30, 2018

Emptying out the Tigers mailbag with Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline just hours away.

Emptying out the Tigers mailbag with Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline just hours away.

The Phillies had scouts watching the Tigers after the All-Star break, which made them seem like a potential suitor for shortstop Jose Iglesias given their need for a middle infielder. Once the Phils acquired Asdrubal Cabrera from the Mets, though, they might have filled the void. The D-backs didn't show much interest in Iglesias before trading for Eduardo Escobar. After that, it's difficult to identify a likely destination.

I think the days of sellers being able to set a high price and expecting teams to match (or sometimes even exceed) it are over for now, simply due to supply and demand. There are so many teams selling and so few teams "going for it," that those teams in the latter category now don't have to pay a premium unless it's for the kind of elite talent that no other team has. The success of the Astros and Cubs, combined with the spending pool system in the Draft, have made the Astros/Cubs model the path many teams are following.
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There's a chance. Not a great one, but a chance.

They're all pretty much on the radar these days. I thought Alex Wilson could potentially draw interest as a versatile reliever at a low price, but that hasn't happened. As for first base, that's anyone's guess. There was some talk about Jeimer Candelario potentially ending up there eventually once another prospect arrived to take over at third -- such as Dawel Lugo or Isaac Paredes -- but Candelario's play at third has cooled that idea .

The Tigers could make an August deal or two, but I wouldn't expect anything near as big as last year's 1-2 punch of Justin Verlander and Justin Upton being dealt. Detroit doesn't have that level of veteran talent, and more importantly, it doesn't have the kinds of contracts that would pass through waivers like Verlander did.

Daniel Norris remains in Lakeland, Fla., rehabbing. In fact, he visited the Tigers when they were at Tampa Bay just before the All-Star break. He had progressed to throwing at that point, but has since been making slower progress. While it's still possible that Norris could get back to pitching near season's end, I don't think the Tigers want to put that expectation on at this point. If there's a serious debate, they're more likely to err on the side of caution and make sure he can go into next Spring Training healthy and ready to compete.

I wouldn't be shocked to see Machado at shortstop down the stretch if the Tigers trade Iglesias. That's his natural position, Detroit doesn't have a prospect ready and Machado was expected to take over when the Tigers entertained trade interest on Iglesias previously. But the way Niko Goodrum has played, plus the club's prospect depth, I think Machado's days at second base with Detroit have passed.

No chance. McCann is a defense-first catcher.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.