That led the Tigers to admit earlier in the week that Iglesias may not be ready for the start of the season. Now we're hearing word from ESPN's Jim Bowden that suggests Iglesias' absence could extend well into the regular season.
Iglesias will miss most of 2014 with shin injury according to another player that is close to him. Speculation that Tigers will pursue Drew — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) March 15, 2014
Bowden felt confident enough in his source to go forward with the report, so there's likely something to it. Whether or not the extended time frame proves to be accurate will be determined as his recovery continues, but at this point it seems safe to rule out Iglesias for the start of the season.
That means the Tigers will be looking for a replacement for their defensive whiz, who they acquired from the Boston Red Sox last season. Could they revisit that avenue and sign Stephen Drew, essentially trading the Red Sox a draft pick? It's possible. Speculation had already been running wild earlier on Saturday suggesting Detroit was kicking the tires on Drew, and the rumor mill has only picked up in intensity following Bowden's report.
If they don't land Drew, which is possible based on Scott Boras' claims that Drew and Kendrys Morales are willing to hold out until June, shortstop would be left open for Eugenio Suarez and Herman Perez. Both are players the Tigers like, but it's a win now mentality, and neither fit into that mold as well as Drew.
The next 24-48 hours will be telling as it relates to Iglesias' status. If Detroit picks up the aggression on the telephones, it's a safe sign they're concerned and Bowden's report is on the money.
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