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Iglesias could bring more hardware home to Detroit

NEW YORK -- No team has ever swept its league's MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards. But thanks to the Jose Iglesias trade, the Tigers might have a chance.

Miguel Cabrera's season, though he leads just one of the Triple Crown categories to date, has him in contention to repeat as American League MVP. Max Scherzer's 17-1 record and secondary stats will put him in the conversation for Cy Young. And with last week's trade for Iglesias, the Tigers acquired a serious Rookie of the Year contender.'s Awards Watch segment has Iglesias at the top of the field for AL Rookie of the Year, though Rays outfielder Wil Myers is coming on strong.

The Tigers have won the last two AL MVP Awards, and Justin Verlander added Cy Young honors two years ago.

Manager Jim Leyland has only had the chance to see Iglesias at shortstop for a few days this week, and at third base for a few games last weekend as well as in June with Boston. Even so, the young infielder has made an immediate impression.

"I can tell you in the short period of time [around him] what he is: He is a very bright young man, very smart and very baseball smart," Leyland said, "and very street smart. Very impressive. I really like him a lot."

He's also very young, and he looks even younger than his tender age of 22.

"He looks like a kid that might be in a station wagon with a bunch of other kids stopping at McDonald's after the game," Leyland joked.

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason.
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