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Jun 3, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez (48) reacts after pitching to earn a save against the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 3, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez (48) reacts after pitching to earn a save against the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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May 30, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias (32) throws a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the ninth inning at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Mets Trade Deadline Target: Raisel Iglesias

I have loved the idea of the Mets going out and acquiring Raisel Iglesias long before he was pitching in relief for the forever-playoff-struggling Los Angeles Angels. Back in his days with the Cincinnati Reds, he was always a guy people discussed as a possibility of getting traded to a contender. The former starter turned excellent reliever has consistently been one of the better relievers in baseball for the last half-decade even if he did somehow manage to take home 12 losses as the Cincinnati closer back in 2019.

Iglesias isn’t putting up dazzling numbers this year with the Angels. As a free agent after this season, it lowers the price on this still sought-after righty.

MLBTRs listed him as the number 19 best trade candidate of the summer. Already dealt from Cincinnati to Orange County back in December 2020, we can get a decent idea of what the Angels might want. In order to acquire him, it cost them Noe Ramirez and minor leaguer Leonardo Rivas. Ramirez is close in age to Iglesias with a far less impressive resume. Rivas, meanwhile, isn’t even a top 30 Reds prospect.

Add in the fact that Iglesias is a complete rental, the Mets may be able to acquire him for much less than he is worth. Do we have any more of the Todd Frazier WWE bobbleheads lying around?

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