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Monday, September 2, 2013
Iglesias back in Boston as a visitor

By Kyle Brasseur, Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The Tigers' first game of the season at Fenway Park is also shortstop Jose Iglesias' first time back to Boston since the trade deadline deal that sent him to Detroit.

Iglesias is in the Tigers lineup, playing shortstop and batting ninth.

“He’s an outstanding player,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday. “We didn’t necessarily want to trade him but it seemed to be a good fit for all three teams involved. I think just a very good baseball trade when you consider all parties involved.”

Known for his elite defense, Iglesias grabbed headlines early this season with his impressive offensive play. The 23-year-old maintained a batting average above .400 in his first 150 at-bats before slipping below the mark July 7. Since being traded to Detroit, Iglesias has maintained his solid production, hitting .292 in 89 at-bats with the Tigers.

And, of course, there’s still the defense.

“I don’t know that any of us, even in this organization, have ever seen a better defender at the position,” Farrell said. “I think that’s a pretty strong statement for a guy who’s in the early stages of what should be a long career. He’s going to make all the routine plays [and] he’s going to make the well above-average play.

“He’s a good kid and he’s confident and he played his ass off for us. You don’t like to necessarily always give that away, or trade that away. I shouldn’t say give it away because we got a very good pitcher in return. We wish him nothing but the best.”

Jake Peavy, the starter the Red Sox got in return for Iglesias in the three-team deal struck July 30, has gone 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA in six starts with the Red Sox.