Tigers rumors: Detroit has several options to replace Jose Iglesias

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

General manager Dave Dombrowski claims his team will replace Iglesias internally, but he appears to be scanning the open market as well.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski has a few internal options at his disposal to replace injured shortstop Jose Iglesias. Eugenio Suarez, Hernan Perez, and Danny Worth are competing for a chance to start the season at short for the Tigers, but the only thing Dombrowski has publicly confirmed is that Iglesias will begin the season on the disabled list, as the Detroit News' Tom Gage reports.

Rumors began circulating as soon as the severity of Iglesias' injury was reported.

He's expected to miss most of the year.

Stephen Drew does not appear to be an option Dombrowski is considering. The Tigers are taking their time to evaluate their options rather than making a "knee-jerk signing," as Gage put it.

Recently, the club inquired on Diamondbacks prospect Chris Owings, though it appears as though Arizona is shopping Didi Gregorius instead. Nick Franklin was also a rumored target for Detroit, but Dombrowski has stressed the importance of defense and Franklin might be better suited to play second base due to his limited range.

If Detroit passes on Drew, Gregorius, and Franklin, Dombrowski could turn to Eugenio Suarez to man short until Iglesias returns.

"We like Suarez a lot, but aren’t sure if he’s ready yet. He’s a developing player. But the kid can play shortstop."

Dombrowski also mentioned Hernan Perez, saying the 22-year-old would have been the team's starting second baseman had they not acquired Ian Kinsler from the Rangers. Danny Worth has the most major league experience out of the group, but not by much. He's played just over 200 innings at short in his career, predominantly functioning as a utility player.

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