Brian Snitker Provides Clarity on Closer Role Following Raisel Iglesias Trade

Adam Taylor McKillop
Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker provides clarity on the closer role following the Raisel Iglesias trade.
Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker provides clarity on the closer role following the Raisel Iglesias trade. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Just like last year, the Atlanta Braves made a number of trade deadline deals that could technically fly under-the-radar, especially in comparison to the Juan Soto deal. Those trades may be exactly what the roster needed in the quest for their second straight World Series title.

Perhaps the biggest move was Atlanta's final on deadline day. The Braves acquired stud closer Raisel Iglesias from the Los Angeles Angels just minutes before the trade window closed.

The Iglesias addition provides Atlanta with another premier late-inning reliever to pair with Kenley Jansen, who ranks fourth in the league with 24 saves. Manager Brian Snitker spoke late on Tuesday night to explain the pecking order with Iglesias' addition to the bullpen.

Raisel Iglesias Trade

For now, it's status quo. Jansen will remain the Braves primary closer. Snitker referred to Iglesias as the "secondary closer" although he has a chance to take over long-term considering Jansen is only under contract for this year, and Iglesias is signed through 2025.

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The art of the bullpen is much different in 2022, anyways. Managers are not afraid to bring their closers into the highest-leverage situation of a close game, be it the 7th, 8th, or 9th innings. Having two established closers to fill those roles is a true weapon for the Braves.

Atlanta's bolstered an already-strong area of the roster considering the relief corps rank fifth in baseball at a 3.16 ERA. This was also not Atlanta's only deadline move. The Braves acquired outfielder Robbie Grossman from the Detroit Tigers and starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi from the Houston Astros.

Snitker's squad tuned up for another deep postseason run with these deals. For now, the Braves sit 2.5 games back of the New York Mets for the NL East lead, but hold a commanding 7.5-game cushion in the Wild Card race. The Braves rank sixth at +1200 odds to win the 2022 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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