Things have gone awry for the Colorado Rockies in the last month as they have lost 20 of their last 28, which has firmly cemented them in the bottom tier of the NL West.
Barring some unforeseen changes with the team in the next two months (with a more difficult schedule upcoming), the Rockies will be sellers at the trade deadline. One of the players that they are most likely to trade is shortstop José Iglesias.
Iglesias signed a one-year deal for $5 million this past offseason with the Rockies as a stop-gap to hopefully give way to prospect Ezequiel Tovar, who is tearing it up at Double-A Hartford (.317 average with a .979 OPS entering Tuesday).
Thomas Harding of MLB.com identified Iglesias as the most likely trade chip for the Rockies so let’s take a look at the four teams that could use him the most.
The St. Louis Cardinals could use José Iglesias
The shortstops for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2022 have not exactly been the cream of the crop. In fact, their offensive production at shortstop is the worst in baseball at 40 OPS+.
A lot of that comes from former All-Star Paul DeJong who was sent down to Triple-A after having an OPS+ of 22 to start the season.
2021 Gold Glove winner Tommy Edman has been their best shortstop but he has played center field and second base as well. He played right and left field in the past too and both of which have been weak spots for the team since Dylan Carlson and Tyler O’Neill have struggled and both are currently on the IL.