It’s clear after two horrid seasons that Paul DeJong is not the answer at shortstop. Prospect Masyn Winn is at least a year away, and with Brendan Donovan often being needed in the outfield, the Cardinals could use a steady middle infielder. Enter Jose Iglesias.
Iglesias would be a valuable one-year solution for the Cardinals while Winn finishes his development in the upper levels of the minor leagues. Last year, Iglesias hit .292 with the Colorado Rockies and struck out only 56 times in 439 at-bats. While he has almost no power, hitting only three home runs last year, he can still be valuable at the plate given how often he puts the ball in play.
Iglesias is a slightly below-average fielder at short, but Tommy Edman could slide over there and give Iglesias time at second base, where he would likely be more suited to play at this point in his career.
Iglesias would be an affordable option for the Cardinals to pursue; his salary last season was $5 million, and he probably won’t command much more than that this year. For a temporary infield solution, the Cardinals could do worse.