As far as the calendar goes we are now halfway through Opening Day. Only two more days of it left! And there are day baseball games today. More than one! And in this country! The rundown:
- Boston at Detroit 1:00 PM: Lester vs Verlander
- Atlanta at NY Mets 1:10 PM: Hanson vs Santana
- Philadelphia at Pittsburgh 1:35 PM: Halladay vs Bedard
- Washington at Chicago Cubs 2:20 PM: Strasburg vs Dempster
- Toronto at Cleveland 3:05 PM: Romero vs Masterson
- Miami at Cincinnati 4:00 PM: Buehrle vs Cueto
- LA Dodgers at San Diego 7:05 PM: Kershaw vs Volquez
Lester vs. Verlander seems like fun, though I will obviously be watching the Braves-Mets game. Also interested in seeing Strasburg pitch. even after all this time he still seems exciting, no?
Anyway, strap in. Baseball in real volume is finally here.
The Reds announced on Wednesday that the club and pitcher Raisel Iglesias agreed to a three-year contract. Iglesias had been on a seven-year, $27 million contract signed in June 2014 and had two years with $10 million remaining. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the new contract is worth $24.125 million, so it’s a hefty pay raise for Iglesias.
Iglesias, who turns 29 years old in January, has gotten better every season pitching out of the Reds’ bullpen. In 2018, he posted a 2.38 ERA with 30 saves and an 80/25 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. Over his four-year career, the right-hander has 64 saves with a 2.97 ERA and a 359/106 K/BB ratio in 321 2/3 innings.
Iglesias gets little fanfare pitching for the Reds, fifth-place finishers in each of his four years, but he is certainly among baseball’s better relievers. Signing him to a new three-year deal gives them some certainty at the back of the bullpen in the near future.
There was a bit of confusion regarding his previous contract, which allowed him to opt out and file for arbitration if eligible. Iglesias has three years and 154 days of service time, so his new contract essentially covers his arbitration-eligible years.