Aug
12

On To The Next One: Jose Iglesias

Detroit Tigers third baseman Jose Iglesias (1) hits an RBI single during the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has signed with baseball agent Scott Boras. Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The regular day-to-day shortstop for the Detroit Tigers is suspended.  Jhonny Peralta was given a 50-game ban due to his purported involvement with the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic.  But the Tigers are not in terrible shape.  That is because the team was able to pull off a trade that brought Cuban-born shortstop José Iglesias on board.  Now Iglesias is the everyday shortstop in Detroit.

And Iglesias is not only on to a new city (formerly being with the Boston Red Sox); he is also on to a new agent.  The shortstop praised for his defense is now represented by Scott Boras.  He was formerly represented by SFX Baseball, a division of Relativity Sports.

Iglesias’ move is an example of a player going from one high-profile agency to another.  It is less common than a player gaining influence and switching from a boutique agency to a major firm.  However, these types of moves often occur in close proximity to a change in a player’s disposition — typically close to free agency.  Here we have a player traded to a new team, become an instant starter and seek a new agent.