The former Phillie, who was acquired from the White Sox last season to fill in for an injured Chase Utley, was released by the Padres this week. [Link]
Iguchi, 33, was having a substandard and injury-plagued season in San Diego after signing as a free agent there before the season. On the year, he’s hitting just .231/.292/.304 with two homers and 24 RBIs. He was released to clear roster room for second base prospect Matt Antonelli. The Tokyo native was hitting just .125 (8-for-64) since returning from the disabled list after missing 49 games with a separated shoulder.
Beerleaguer: For my money, Iguchi received the loudest ovation when lineups were introduced before the start of Game 1 of the NLDS. In 138 ABs, the Gooch hit .304/.361/.442 and filled in admirably when Utley went down with the broken hand. The Phils had entertained the idea of brining him back this season and using him at third base, but he elected to stay at his natural position and took a deal in San Diego instead. Iguchi’s a good situational hitter and would upgrade the Phils' bench at a minimal cost. He is a free agent after the season, but I think his days of being a starting second baseman in the league are over. The Dodgers have also expressed interest, according to the report.