Recently traded relievers
Every year, contending teams look to add in one way or another, but primarily on the pitching front.
In recent years, relievers have been the key to World Series winning teams, like the aforementioned Royals, Cubs and Dodgers.
The Washington Nationals made a trade in 2017 with the Oakland A’s, acquiring Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson for a handful of prospects, including Jesus Luzardo.
As recently as this year, the Angels acquired Raisel Iglesias from the Reds.
So, why bring these names into play?
Doolittle and Iglesias, in particular, are very comparable to Leclerc and here’s why.
Doolittle had three remaining years of control left, and Iglesias, at his best, put up very similar numbers to Leclerc.
We’ll break each of those down separately.