The Detroit Tigers sent one of their top prospects packing on Tuesday night, as they traded OF Avisail Garcia to the Chicago White Sox as part of a 3-team trade. In return, the Tigers will receive infielder Jose Iglesias from the Boston Red Sox. The other part of the deal is perhaps the biggest, as Jake Peavy trades in his white “Sox” for red ones. To round out the trade, Tigers RP Brayan Villarreal is also heading to Boston.
Garcia was perhaps the number 2 prospect in the Tigers system, only behind Nick Castellanos. In return for Garcia, the Tigers get Jose Iglesias, who is quickly becoming a rising star in his own right. The 23-year old is hitting .330 in 62 games for the Red Sox this season, and has a career average of .280. He’s not known for his power, but his glove is all the rave.
The only reason why this deal got done is because of the looming suspension of current Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta. Peralta and others will reportedly accept their 50-game punishments as part of a plea deal with Major League Baseball for their roles in the Biogenesis Scandal. With the acquisition of Iglesias, the Tigers have found a solid player to fill the void when Peralta departs. Tigers Owner Mike Ilitch is in it to win this season, and he refused to let Jhonny Peralta’s selfishness stop the team from looking to capture their first World Series since 1984. Iglesias will help the team win now, as well as in the future.
In short, Peralta cost Detroit a prized prospect. Jhonny is due to become a free-agent at the end of the season, and with Iglesias under team control until 2017, there is a real possibility Jhonny Peralta has played his last game as a member of the Detroit Tigers.