We already highlighted the greatness of the Andrew Benintendi catch which ended last night’s Game 4 between the Red Sox and the Astros. It was a stunning play. Both for Benintendi’s amazing athleticism and for the scouting, coaching and defensive positioning that went into making sure he was in a place where he could make that catch.
But Benintendi’s physical feat was not the only amazing one on the play. Someone else laid out physically on that play as well. It was WEEI radio announcer Joe Castiglione, who fell the heck right out of his chair while making the call.
Watch the play again because it’s a great play. But this time, listen too:
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.