In their quest to add bullpen help, the Twins have inquired with the Reds about the availability of Raisel Iglesias, Jon Morosi reports.
Iglesias, 27, is signed for the next three seasons at a total of $14.5 million, though he can choose to opt out in any season in which he is eligible for arbitration. This past season, he finished with a 2.49 ERA, 28 saves, and a 92/27 K/BB ratio over 76 innings.
The Twins’ bullpen combined for a 4.40 ERA, the 22nd-worst mark out of 30 teams during the 2017 regular season. The bullpen’s collective strikeout rate, 19.8 percent, was second-lowest in baseball and the ‘pen combined to allow 83 home runs, the fifth-highest total. Adding Iglesias, or a similarly skilled reliever, would go a long way towards creating stability.
While newly-acquired talent Danny Espinosa was off collecting hits for the Blue Jays against the Orioles, Marcus Stroman led a youth-filled roster against the Canadian Junior National Team in a split-squad game on Saturday. In the eighth inning, 17-year-old Canadian pitcher Braden Halladay took the mound to honor his late father’s memory against his former team.
Halladay accomplished just that, wielding a fastball that topped out in the low-80s and setting down a perfect 1-2-3 inning against the top of the lineup. No one batter saw more than a single pitch from the right-hander: Mc Gregory Contreras and Mattingly Romanin flew out to the outfield corners and Bo Bichette laid down a ground ball for an easy third out.
MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm has a fantastic profile of the high school junior, including his approach to the game and his attempt to do Roy Halladay proud while carving out his own path to the majors. “From a pitching standpoint, it was everything I could have asked for and more,” Halladay told reporters. “Especially now, every time I make mistakes, I still hear him drilling me about them in my head, just because he’s done it so many times before. From a mind-set standpoint, I don’t think with any bias that I could have had a better teacher.”