As part of the promotion for his upcoming auto-biography former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera posted an excerpt in the New York Daily News saying that he’d rather have Dustin Pedroia than longtime teammate Robinson Cano as his second baseman.
Predictably that led to reporters asking Cano to comment on Rivera’s opinion–and specifically Rivera saying that he lacked drive–but the Mariners second baseman declined to take the bait and instead responded with kindness:
I’m not going to comment too far on this. If that’s how Mariano feels, I respect that. I’m always going to have respect for him. I spent nine years with him. For me, he’s always going to be the best closer. That’s how I feel.
Cano’s reply probably won’t get much media traction because it doesn’t fit the narrative, but that’s certainly an example of taking the high road. Meanwhile, on the other side, Pedroia is thrilled to be praised by Rivera because why wouldn’t he be?
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.