Garcia Gone! At Trade Deadline, Tigers Fill Needs, But Make Sacrifices.
Double-D was up to his usual tricks in late July, but this time he sacrificed far too much. I’m not talking about the trade that has brought us a solid reliever in Jose Veras (for Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later!). That was a typical Double-D summer trade, one that will pay dividends. Now, I am referring to last night’s deal that sent Avisail Garcia and Brayan Villarreal to Boston for SS Jose Iglesias, which then the Red Sox sent Garcia, along with 3 other players to the Chicago White Sox for P Jake Peavy.
The Red Sox got screwed on this deal, it seems, with Peavy’s long history of injury, but what bothers this writer the most is Double-D’s trade with a divisional rival and a contender, sacrificing our top power prospect in Garcia, knowing he would be sent to our divisional rival, and letting Villarreal, who has had some issues this year with injury and control, but has the potential to be a solid late innings setup guy. Meanwhile, we get Iglesias, who is right now batting .330 in 63 games this season, but has only batted .205 in July, as the insurance policy for Jhonny Peralta, who it seems will be suspended by Major League Baseball for at least 50 games for his alleged involvment with Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch.
The Scoop on Jose Iglesias.
The truth of all this: While Iglesias has a great glove, he is a career .244/.296/.292 hitter in Triple-A in nearly 1,000 plate appearances.Most of his hits this season are little bloopers or five-hop trickles that sneak through. Too many infield hits. In July, he has one extra base hit. He is NOT a suitable replacement at the plate for Peralta, and this could hurt us down the stretch. Meanwhile, we give up Garcia, a career .269/..309/.354 hitter who has an arm that caught my eye last fall. The top prospect in our system, he has floated between Detroit and Toledo most of the year, but now is flying to Chicago. Why would we sacrifice such a great player to a divisional rival is beyond the scope of any fans’ imagination. This deal only brings back memories of the trade that brought us Doyle Alexander in 1987 for some guy named John Smoltz. I see that much potential in Garcia, and it is a shame we let him go. Now both of our bright outfield prospects from last year, Garcia and Quintin Berry, whom were both viewed as part of our outfield of the future along with Nick Castellanos, are gone. Apparently its win now, or never win at all in Double-D’s mind.
The Loss of Brayan Villarreal…
The loss of Villarreal hurts as well. Up until this season, Villarreal was solid, a go-to guy in the 7th inning, posting an ERA of just under 4.00 with 10 holds. Last season he shined with an ERA of 2.63 in 54.2 innings. So he has had some troubles this year, so what? So has JV, and I don’t see him out there on the block for, say, Cliff Lee. Villarreal is a third-year player, with some control issues and injuries this season. It happens with all pitchers. We may not see the effects immediately, but give it time; in a few seasons, this trade will haunt us.