New manager David Bell said Friday that Iglesias won't be used strictly in the traditional closer role, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "He'll be used in the most important spots in the game," Bell said. "We don't want to limit him." It sounds like the Reds will be among the increasing number of teams implementing non-traditional roles in the bullpen. Iglesias, who signed a three-year extension with Cincinnati in November, is said to be "fine" with the decision. It's hard to envision his role actually changing all that much, but if he's used a bit more in the seventh and eighth, Iglesias could lose out on a handful of saves to the likes of Jared Hughes, David Hernandez and/or Amir Garrett. The bigger concern with Iglesias is the dip in velocity we saw last season, which led to a drop in strikeouts and a big uptick in hard-hit balls and home runs.
Iglesias inked a three-year contract extension that will take him through the 2021 season with the Reds. Iglesias had previously signed a seven-year deal with the team back in 2014, but a provision allowed him the opportunity to opt out of that deal, which led both parties to an agreement on this extension. Instead of heading to arbitration the next three years, Iglesias has a secure contract until he becomes a free agent following the 2021 campaign. In 2018, he appeared in 66 games, posting a superb 2.38 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 30 saves and 80 strikeouts in 72 innings of relief. The 28-year-old should be considered a quality asset for the coming years after converting 89 percent (64-of-72) of his save chances the past three seasons. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the closer's deal is worth $24.125 million over the next three years.
Iglesias struck out two and retired the side in order to earn his 30th save of the season in a victory over the Pirates on Saturday. Iglesias was handed a 3-0 lead before disposing of the Bucs with a tidy 12-pitch, eight-strike outing to close the ninth and the game. The 2018 season marks the right-hander's first time reaching the 30-save mark. He'll be working for the third straight day if he appears during Sunday's season finale, into which he'll carry a stellar 2.44 ERA, 9.8 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 for an otherwise underachieving Cincinnati club.
Iglesias struck out one while working around a hit and two walks across 1.1 innings to earn his 29th save in Thursday's 4-2 win over Miami. It wasn't his sharpest outing but Iglesias still got the job done, giving him 29 saves in 33 chances this season. After allowing a run in three consecutive appearances to end August, the 28-year-old has been scored on just once in September, lowering his ERA to 2.38.
Iglesias struck out three and walked one in a hitless ninth inning Tuesday to pick up the save against the Brewers. Iglesias walked Curtis Granderson to start off the ninth inning but then got Christian Yelich, Domingo Santana and Hernan Perez to strike out swinging. Iglesias has now thrown four straight hitless innings and is 28-for-32 in save opportunities on the year. The 28-year-old sports a 2.43 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 72:22 K:BB in 66.2 innings. Despite playing for a team that is in last place in its division, Iglesias is tied for fifth in the NL with his 28 saves.