Colorado Rockies rumors: 3 teams that could use José Iglesias

DENVER, CO - JUNE 02: Jose Iglesias #11 of the Colorado Rockies runs the bases during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 2, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Ethan Mito/Clarkson Creative/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 02: Jose Iglesias #11 of the Colorado Rockies runs the bases during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 2, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Ethan Mito/Clarkson Creative/Getty Images) /
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Jun 4, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Iglesias (11) warms up prior to a game against the Atlanta Braves wearing the teams newÒCity ConnectÓ jersey at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: John Leyba-USA TODAY Sports /

The New York Yankees could use José Iglesias

The New York Yankees are the best team in baseball and for two good reasons: they are the most well-rounded team in the sport and they have been relatively healthy.

However, one of the weaker spots on their team offensively is at shortstop. Their primary shortstop, Isaiah Kiner-Falefa, is hitting .272 with a .639 OPS and an OPS+ of 89 and as a team, their shortstops have been 18th in offensive production.

José Iglesias, on the other hand, is hitting .313 with an OPS of .747, for an OPS+ of 103.

Defensively, Kiner-Falefa is the far better defender (3 Defensive Runs Saved vs. -4 DRS in 2022 thus far) but he’s more versatile than Iglesias. If he isn’t a late-game defensive replacement, he could garner the occasional start at shortstop as well as third, second, or even catcher, where the Yankees have struggled some as well (particularly before José Treviño broke out for them).

The San Diego Padres could also use José Iglesias

Three months ago, you would probably be thinking that it would be nuts that the San Diego Padres would be in need of a shortstop … but they do.

Fernando Tatis, Jr. has been out all season and he will likely be out for at least another month. In the meantime, Ha-Seong Kim has filled in and not exactly been Tatis (.205 average with a .616 OPS).

With Iglesias there, he could fill in for Tatis until he returns or Tatis could do like he did last year and play some outfield. Both center and right field have been weak for them offensively as well.

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