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Iglesias injury could lead Tigers to Drew

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 15, 2014 06:30 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. There is news out of Detroit's camp that could positively affect the Red Sox.

Shortstop Jose Iglesias is dealing with a shin injury that could cause him to miss much of the season according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com. The severity of the injury has raised speculation that the Tigers will pursue free agent Steven Drew.

Iglesias, who last played on Feb. 27, is dealing with a tibial stress reaction, or severe shin splints. He has seen two specialists and had to be shut down from running on Friday.

Drew would give the Tigers a reliable replacement for Iglesias. But it's not certain if Detroit would be willing to offer Drew a multi-year deal or whether Drew would be willing to change positions once Iglesias returns.

If the Tigers sign Drew, they would forfeit their first-round draft pick, No. 23 overall. That would bump the Red Sox up to No. 25 overall.

The Sox would get a supplemental first-round pick, No. 33 overall, as compensation for Drew. That also would move up their compensation pick for Jacoby Ellsbury to No. 32.

In other words, if Drew signs the Red Sox would have three of the first 32 picks in what is said to be a deep draft.

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