UPDATE, 6:09 PM:
Bowden’s source is a player that is close to Iglesias, and that source’s claim contradicts every report out there about Iglesias. According to those reports, Iglesias was questionable for opening day. However, there were no indications that his injury was as severe as Bowden is reporting.
If Iglesias is indeed out for “most” of 2014, going after Stephen Drew would make sense for the Tigers.
Detroit would likely not want to guarantee more than one year, but them emerging as a suitor for Drew at all would be an incredibly lucky break for his agent Scott Boras.
A day after Scott Boras again stated that free agent shortstop Stephen Drew might wait until after the June draft to sign a new deal, Peter Gammons suggested that Drew might land at a destination not many had thought of:
I would not bet against rumor sending Stephen Drew to Tigers
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) March 15, 2014
Unless Drew waits until after the June draft to sign, the Tigers would have to surrender their first round draft pick in order to sign him.
While not completely outlandish, Drew to the Tigers doesn’t make much sense.
Even if Detroit is willing to surrender their first round pick (which would be the case if they signed Drew between now and June), there isn’t an open spot for him to play.
Defensive whiz Jose Iglesias may open the season on the disabled list because of shin splints, but his absence isn’t expected to be long. Elsewhere on the infield, Detroit has Miguel Cabrera at first base, Ian Kinsler at second base, and Nick Castellanos at third base.
I suppose the Tigers could move Castellanos to the outfield in order to play Drew at third, but that wouldn’t make much sense. Castellanos is a below average defender in the outfield, and Drew has never played a position besides shortstop. Even if Drew is able to play third base adequately, putting him there would be a poor use of his value.
As a shortstop of second baseman, Drew is a potential plus player. If you put him anywhere else on the diamond, he is not.