Signing Jose Iglesias for 2023 could make sense for the Chicago White Sox.
Hahn could decide Andrus had an amazing end to the season and he will not sustain the success for a full season. In addition, Andrus is already 34. Another free-agent option on the shortstop market is Jose Iglesias.
Iglesias has played second in the big leagues before. He is coming off a season where he hit .292. Yes, it did come playing at Coors Field, but he actually hit better on the road.
He is a contact hitter but is a stellar defender. He was an over-five WAR player defensively last year. Iglesias is a career 33 outs above average.
With the shift being banned, being able to field is going to be more important than ever. Iglesias can do that very well. Also, contact at the bottom of the lineup is not going to be a bad thing with the shift being outlawed.
Although, the new Sox hitting coach, Jose Castro, and assistant hitting coach, Chris Johnson, want a lineup that is swinging for the fences (or at least doubles). Hahn prefers a lineup that can hit the ball deep.
Still, part of the winning equation is to not only score runs but preventing the other team from scoring runs.
Jose Iglesias had -4 defensive runs saved last year but considering he was at -22 in 2021 and five of his ten seasons were in the negative, he has the ability to help keep teams off the scoreboard.
The only reason White Sox second base had an overall -1 defensive runs saved is that Josh Harrison was at three.
Iglesias is not the greatest option but he is probably the best choice if the White Sox wants to go with a veteran who is not Elvis Andrus.