The Orioles have a deal with veteran shortstop Jose Iglesias, according to a report by MLB.com. Iglesias will be paid $3 million for this season with a $3 million option for 2021.
Since the Orioles traded infielder Jonathan Villar to the Marlins early last month, they’ve been looking for a replacement. Villar, who could make $10 million or more in arbitration, could have been a free agent at the end of the 2020 season. He was dealt to Miami for minor league left-hander Easton Lucas.
Iglesias, who turned 30 on Sunday, is a native of Cuba. Last season, he hit .288 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs, both career highs, with Cincinnati. He had a .724 OPS. Iglesias stole six bases and was thrown out six times.
He made just nine errors in 144 games at shortstop. Villar, who split time between shortstop and second base, committed 12 errors in 97 games at short.
Iglesias finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2013 when he played for Boston and Detroit. He began his career with the Red Sox in 2011 but was part of a three-team trade with the Red Sox, White Sox and Tigers in July 2013.
Iglesias played with Detroit through 2018 and signed as a free agent with the Reds early in spring training last year.
In eight major league seasons, Iglesias has a .273 average with a .687 OPS.
When the signing becomes official, the Orioles will have to remove a player from the 40-man roster.