DETROIT – The Tigers have traded outfielder Avisail Garcia and relief pitcher Brayan Villarreal to the Chicago White Sox in a three-team deal that includes the Boston Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox have a deal in place to acquire former Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy from the White Sox. The trade brings Red Sox infielder Jose Iglesias to the Tigers. Iglesias currently plays third base for Boston. He's batting .330 with 1 home run and 19 RBI this season. Iglesias is a career .280 hitter.
"We are excited to be adding a quality player to our middle infield," said Tigers President, CEO and General Manager, David Dombrowski. "He is a young player that will provide a lot of depth and has had success playing a variety of roles in the infield."
Iglesias, 5-11, 185 lbs, is a native of Havana, Cuba and resides in Miami, Florida during the offseason. He's considered a top shortstop prospect.
The timing of trade points to signs that Jhonny Peralta's suspension may be imminent. Major League Baseball has notified the union of which players it intends to suspend in its drug investigation involving Biogenesis.
On Monday, the Tigers acquired reliever Jose Veras from the Houston Astros in exchange for outfield prospect Danry Vasquez and a player to be named.