Reds' youngsters likely to draw interest

Reds' youngsters likely to draw interest

CINCINNATI -- The Reds' 40-man roster carries just three players age 30 or older, leaving a lot of young talent that the club likes. That includes numerous pitchers that could be attractive to other teams. But as he began the annual General Managers Meetings on Monday in Orlando, Fla., Reds GM Dick Williams wasn't overly interested in dealing from his depth of youth.

"Right now, I feel like our team is in a pretty good place," Williams told MLB.com's Joe Frisaro during a break from the meetings. "I want them to keep growing. I want to keep them together. I don't foresee a lot of subtractions."

Over the weekend, MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported that the Twins had checked in on the availability of Reds closer Raisel Iglesias. Williams discounted the report, however, without denying it.

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"I saw the report that a team was checking in on Iglesias like it was big news. I think every GM deals with the same thing," Williams said. "People are interested in all of the good players around the game, so it shouldn't necessarily be news. We'll look to see if there are any fits out there."

Iglesias, who turns 28 on Jan. 4, went 3-3 with a 2.49 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 28 saves in 30 attempts in 63 appearances over 76 innings. The right-hander led the Majors with eight saves of at least two innings and was tied with Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers for the lead with 12 saves of more than one frame.

Currently with a seven-year, $27 million contract he signed out of Cuba in 2014, Iglesias will make $5.2 million in '18. He has the right to opt out of his contract and be eligible for arbitration this offseason, but he was not expected to do so. Iglesias can't be a free agent until after the '21 season.

That cost-effective salary and extended club control makes Iglesias an attractive target. Meanwhile, keeping a closer like Iglesias is viewed by many a luxury when the Reds are not yet a contender. Cincinnati is still trying to get beyond its rebuilding phase.

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On the other hand, Iglesias is currently viewed as one of only two locks in the Cincinnati bullpen heading into the offseason, and his salary is not an albatross on the club's budget like more expensive closers. He could still be an affordable and important asset when the Reds are ready to contend for the postseason.

Overall on Monday, Williams enjoyed meeting with the other GMs and learning about industry business and issues.

"It is actually really interesting, because we don't do a lot of that during the course of the year and get together and talk about the issues we're all facing together," Williams said. "That's kind of fun. It's like we're on the same side. We get to exchange ideas on our industry as a whole and how to move it going forward, what changes we'd like to make and not like to make."

When time allows, there are also opportunities to meet individually with other GMs to talk about trades.

"We see what their needs are and where you might have matches," Williams said. "We start that process over the phone, but it's a lot different when you are face-to-face."

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.