With a possible suspension looming for Jhonny Peralta and injuries to Omar Infante and Miguel Cabrera, it stands to reason that Dave Dombrowski would work the phones for an infielder, specifically a shortstop.
Jose Iglesias has long been considered one of the best shortstop prospects for some time. He has been compared defensively to some of the best shortstops in recent history. When Dombrowski acquired him in a three team deal with Chicago and Boston, the Tigers appear to have secured their shortstop for years to come.
Iglesias' offense is seemingly catching up to his defense. He hit .330 with the Red Sox this year with a .376 on base percentage. While he is not a base stealer per se, he does provide the Tigers lineup with some speed and athleticism.
No one expects Iglesias to hit .330 at the end of the season, but his bat has started to mature at the big league level.
His glove however remains his calling card. That can be a valuable attribute, especially for a club that boasts a pitching staff that has induced a greater percentage of ground balls (59%) than other staff in the league.
The cost was Avisail Garcia and Brayan Villarreal. As Jim Leyland said, a big bat and a big arm.
Garcia started showing some power in the big leagues this year and Villarreal has always had a major league arm.
Dombrowski realized that there are times that you have to roll the dice. Give him credit for sending Garcia to a divisional opponent. Garcia will almost assuredly have some big hits in the future against he Tigers, but this is a move that improves the Tigers in the short and long term. And Dave Dombrowski had the courage to make the deal