On the morning of the 2017 trade deadline, the Minnesota Twins were 50-53 and five games back of the second wild-card spot with three teams ahead of them. The front office decided to sell, so impending free agent closer Brandon Kintzler was sent to the Nationals for a prospect. Now, after rallying to make the postseason as the second wild-card team, the Twins are looking to replace Kintzler going into the 2018 season. They've reportedly cast a wide net for bullpen help and have contacted the Reds about Raisel Iglesias. Iglesias, 27, has very quietly been one of the best relievers in baseball the last two seasons. He is 34 for 38 in save chances from 2016-17 and has thrown 154 1/3 innings with a 2.51 ERA (173 ERA+) and 175 strikeouts. As a former starter, Iglesias has had no trouble racking up multi-inning saves. Here are the leaders in saves of four-plus outs the last two years: Kenley Jansen, Dodgers: 17 Raisel Iglesias, Reds: 14 Alex Colome, Rays: 12 Roberto Osuna, Blue Jays: 9 Dellin Betances, Yankees: 7 On top of the performance, Iglesias is also signed affordably the next three seasons.
Twins seeking bullpen help and have an underrated closer in mind
CBS Sports | Nov 13