Yesterday we heard the rumors that the Cincinnati Reds were talking with free agent infielder Jose Iglesias. Early this morning in Goodyear C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic noted that while the signing isn’t officially announced yet, there’s a locker for Iglesias along with a jersey and assigned number in the clubhouse. That’s about as official as it gets before the press release is actually put out there.
#Ress haven’t announced José Iglesias signing, but he has a locker in the clubhouse. Wearing No. 4
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) February 23, 2019
Update: It is now official.
The move is now official. Jose Iglesias signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Trent and Reds.com writer Mark Sheldon both shared the news at the same time.
As was noted in yesterday’s write up about Jose Iglesias – he’s probably the best fit, by far, as a back up shortstop option if someone needs to step in for Jose Peraza for more than a day. He’s not known much for his offense, but he is known as a strong glove-guy. He’s spent nearly his entire career at shortstop, including last year. In terms of WAR, he was worth 2.2 bWAR and 2.5 fWAR in 2018. For reference, your league average starting every day player provides 2.0 WAR.
The various projection systems all seem to be in agreement on what he will hit like in 2019. Not much on-base skill. Not much power.
It would be very unlikely he would get that kind of playing time. If Jose Iglesias makes the team, it’s going to be as a backup. The positions he would play, shortstop or second base, are locked up. Pay little attention to what’s going on in the counting stats and look at the rate stats (AVG/OBP/SLG).