Raisel Iglesias has been the Reds closer for two seasons. He was great at it. Last off-season, the Reds signed Iglesias to a contract extension through 2021. Iglesias has 13 saves but been inconsistent. The Reds have used Michael Lorenzen for a handful of saves recently. David Bell is talking about a closer committee. That brings us to our question of the week:
Question: What should the Reds do with Raisel Iglesias?
Nick Carrington: The Reds should continue to use Raisel Iglesias in high-leverage situations, but he should be on a shorter leash. David Bell removed Iglesias when he struggled with command against the Astros, and he should be prepared to do that when need be.
Iglesias still has excellent stuff. But, he’s letting up way more lines drives and flyballs than he has at any point in his career. I see no reason to believe the batted ball numbers, which have produced a BABIP way above his career average, won’t move closer to what we have come to expect.
The Reds have some depth in the pen, with Amir Garrett, Michael Lorenzen, and David Hernandez all having strong seasons. They should be prepared to use that depth when Iglesias can’t find his command.
Wes Jenkins: Buy an old DeLorean, I’m sure most will do, refurbish it into a sort of time-traveling UFO with the help of your local neighborhood kook, crank that baby up to 88, and then trade Raisel Iglesias in July 2017. If that seems a bit too complicated, just trade him now. Don’t expect much of a return however.
The Raisel Iglesias saga has far surpassed the point of the sunk cost fallacy. The Reds don’t need to continue stashing him, waiting for him to be the best reliever again (he’s not and hasn’t been since 2017). The team needs to cut bait finally and move on. Let Lorenzen and Garrett share the high-leverage spots for now and maybe go after a decent arm in the offseason. But I don’t see much of a future for Raisel in Cincinnati anymore.
Bill Lack: I’d be shopping him. He’s apparently not happy with the way David Bell is using him (even though he was told about this in the off-season) and how Bell uses his BP isn’t likely to change. He signed a 3 year extension last year, which makes him more valuable. But his struggles this season would lower his value.
Wouldn’t bother me to keep him, but if the Reds FO thought dealing him would improve the team, I think he’s replaceable on this team.