The Twins are looking into whether or not Reds closer Raisel Iglesias is available for trade, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com.
Morosi says the Twins are ”performing due dillogence on many bullpen names.” The Twins are coming off a dramatic turnaround in 2017 in which they went 85-77 and earned the second wild card spot in the AL, but their bullpen ranked 27th in the majors in batting average against (.261) and 22nd in ERA (4.40) despite finishing ninth in saves (42).
Iglesias could provide an immediate impact for the Twins and could return a lot of pieces to the Reds, who went 68-94 last year and finished fifth in the NL Central for the third consectutive season.
Iglesias is the Reds’ biggest trade chip they have to offer. Iglesias drew some interest during the trade deadline, but the Reds kept him and he finished with 28 saves in 30 opportunities while posting a 2.49 ERA.
Along with having a strong season, what makes the 27-year-old Iglesias attractive is that he has a friendly contract. He is only owed $14.5 million over the next three years before he is eligible for arbitration in 2021. He is a free agent in 2022.