The Baltimore Orioles have signed shortstop Jose Iglesias to a 1 year, $3 million contract with a club option for 2021, Mark Feinsand reports.
Iglesias slashed .288/.318/.407 with the Cincinnati Reds last season, which are his highest totals since his All-Star season in 2015 with the Detroit Tigers. He also finished last season with career highs in games played and home runs, and his highest OPS since his rookie season in 2013. The 30 year-old shortstop also offers above average defense at a premiere position with a 5.9 UZR and 8 DRS in 2019.
The Orioles had a hole to fill in their infield after shipping Jonathan Villar to the Marlins last month. Last year’s first overall selection in the Rule-5 Draft Richie Martin was underwhelming in 2019, although that shouldn’t be much of a surprise as the 25 year-old was coming straight from Double-A. Look for Iglesias to hold down the shortstop position until at least the trade deadline, where he could be flipped for a prospect depending on his play to that point.
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