Nationals: Three Possible Trade Targets to Fix the Bullpen

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 10: Manager Dave Martinez #4 and trainer Paul Lessard of the Washington Nationals talk to Tony Sipp #36 in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies Citizens Bank Park on April 10, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 10: Manager Dave Martinez #4 and trainer Paul Lessard of the Washington Nationals talk to Tony Sipp #36 in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies Citizens Bank Park on April 10, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) /
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Raisel Iglesias RHP Cincinnati Reds

Our next target is Cincinnati Reds closer, Raisel Iglesias. The Nationals ownership and General Manager Mike Rizzo have always had an affection for Iglesias, as rumored trade discussions between the two clubs for the player have come up on and off again over the past two years. Iglesias is a hard-thrower who misses bats on the regular. In 2018 for the Reds the 29-year-old struck out 80 batters in 72 innings and recorded 30 saves with a 2.38 E.R.A. This offseason Iglesias signed a three year $24.1 million dollar contract extension, leaving him under team control until the end of the 2021 season. Now for the Nationals ownership making a deal for Iglesias would be much different than making one for the beforementioned Will Smith. Iglesias would likely cost the Nationals a decent haul, likely one of there top three prospects, and beyond that, they would be making a long-term commitment to him for substantial money. In 2020 and 2021 Iglesias will be making $9 million dollars a season, around the same money Trevor Rosenthal is making this season but let’s not go there, but it is a lot to give to a guy who is not your closer. Now one positive of this is when Sean Doolittle’s contract is up, Washington would have a guy ready who can be a proven closer and step in and fill the void. Overall, a move for Iglesias would be an aggressive one, but it could play great dividends down the road. A combo of Iglesias and Doolittle in the eighth and ninth inning would be one of the best in baseball.

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