I stand firm in my belief that the three-way trade deal completed at the trading deadline was won by Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski.
That deal brought Jake Peavy to Boston as part of a three-team trade with the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers who sent Avisail Garcia to the Chicago White Sox. The Detroit Tigers sent Brayan Villarreal to the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox sent Cleuluis Rondon (minors), Francellis Montas (minors) and Jeffrey Wendelken (minors) to the Chicago White Sox.
But for me, the winning part of the deal was the one in which the Boston Red Sox sent Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers. Not only did Dombrowski prepare himself for the immediate and long-term future without Jhonny Peralta, but he acquired the defensive upgrade at short and third that can only be compared to Theo Epstein’s acquisition of Orlando Cabrera in 2004 that eventually led to a World Championship.
While Iglesias is batting .324 overall and .286 with Detroit, he is hitting way over his head. But with his defensive skills, anything over .220 by Iglesias on this Tigers team that is loaded with offensive prowess, should be considered gravy.
Watch Iglesias in action last night against the White Sox in which Chris Sale (8-11) tossed his fourth complete game of the season to beat the Tigers, 6-2.