Raisel Iglesias is the bullpen arm we all should want
Not many relief pitchers have gone as long as Raisel Iglesias in the big leagues without getting the kind of accolades he deserves. A large part of this is because he pitched for bad Cincinnati Reds teams. Now with the Los Angeles Angels in his final year before free agency, he’s a veteran reliever I would like to see the Mets add to their radar.
There were no actual rumors about New York chasing after Iglesias. In fact, his name didn’t seem to come up at all for any team. What are the Angels thinking?
Iglesias is pretty much everything you could want from a closer. This might not necessarily be his role with the Mets, but let’s not rule anything out just yet. Edwin Diaz has a few weeks of the regular season left for us to decide on his role for next season.
The tricky part with acquiring Iglesias would be his desire to close. It has been his primary role since 2017. I would imagine he would prefer pitching in the ninth. Maybe there’s a way around this.
When the Mets re-signed Jeurys Familia prior to the 2019 season, they paid him like a closer. Familia is off the books this winter. The money that went to him could go to Iglesias instead. There is no such thing as too much bullpen help. And with uncertainty about how Diaz will perform in any given stretch, it could be helpful to have him as a top-level setup man with closer experience.
Want your voice heard? Join the Rising Apple team!
Which of these players do you think the Mets are most likely to land in the offseason?