We noted yesterday that the Minnesota Twins, attempting to improve their Wild Card club, have inquired about the availability of Reds closer Raisel Iglesias.
Now comes a report that the Reds do not intend to trade Iglesias:
Although at least one other team has been said to have interest in acquiring Iglesias, the Cincinnati Reds are reportedly telling rival clubs that they plan to hold onto their Cuban closer this offseason, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Cincinnati is coming off a 94-loss season, but there were several bright spots in 2017 – including Iglesias’ work in the ninth inning – and Rosenthal reports that the team believes a window of contention could come as early as 2019, when Iglesias would still be under team control at a relatively friendly salary.
As I’ve said before, the Reds shouldn’t consider Iglesias untouchable in trade talks…but they also shouldn’t give him away without demanding a hefty return. So, if I were Reds GM Dick Williams, this is exactly what I’d be telling other teams. We’re planning to keep Iglesias. You’ll have to bowl us over to convince us otherwise.
Dick Williams: Crazy like a fox. As far as you know.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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