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Ortiz on Iglesias: 'Like a little brother'

BOSTON -- Throughout the Red Sox clubhouse on Wednesday, excitement could be heard among players eagerly awaiting the Thursday arrival of new teammate Jake Peavy. However, one player spoke in detail about what the team lost rather than what was gained.

Before Wednesday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners, designated hitter David Ortiz spoke fondly of former teammate Jose Iglesias, who was sent to the Detroit Tigers as part of Tuesday night’s three-team, seven-player deal that brought Peavy to Boston.

“It was great being his teammate and I wish him the best of luck,” Ortiz said. “[It’s tough] but that’s the game.”

Ortiz and Iglesias had grown close this season, their lockers merely feet apart and the two bonded by separate, but equally proud, Latin American heritages, Ortiz being Dominican and Iglesias Cuban.

“That’s my boy, he’s like a little brother to me,” Ortiz said.

Iglesias, who was replaced defensively in the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s game by Brandon Snyder, spent a good deal of time upon learning that he had been traded seeking advice from his big brother figure. Ortiz said the two spoke for a long time before leaving the 23-year-old rookie with an important instruction.

“[I told him] to just keep working hard, man,” Ortiz said. “You’ve got great talent and you know how hard it is to establish yourself at this level, so just keep on working.

“I’ll be always wishing him the best.”