Angels acquire Raisel Iglesias from Reds for Noé Ramirez and a PTBNL

After non-tendering more than a few of the Angels’ bullpen arms from 2020, new general manager Perry Minasian is definitely putting his own stamp on the team’s pitching, trading away another 2020 member, Noé Ramirez, and a player to be named later for RHP Raisel Iglesias, formerly of the Cincinnati Reds.

Iglesias, who will be entering his age-31 season in 2021, signed with the Reds out of Cuba in 2014. They tried him as a starter, but he found his true calling card as a reliever, serving the last four seasons as the Reds closer. 2020 was his best season, where he posted a 2.74 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP in 23 innings. Iglesias strikes out over 12 batters per nine innings.

Iglesias will earn $9.125 million in 2021, according to Spotrac, but he will cost just $8 million against the cap. The Reds are also sending a bit of cash to cover some of the costs (it is widely accepted that the Reds are looking to cut costs). He will be a free agent after the season.

Noé Ramirez has been an Angel since the 2017 season, and he brought reliability as well as a nice breaking ball to the team. He might be most well-known for catching Mike Trout home runs with his cap in the bullpen. The PTBNL is still unknown to the public, per its definition.

“Scary Perry” Minasian is getting straight to work, and it might not be too much to hope that the Angels actually have a talented bullpen in 2021. Onward to the Winter Meetings!

(Picture from Angels Twitter)

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LosHalos
3 years ago

The loser in this deal is Shoei. Him and Noe were such good friends ha!

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  LosHalos

Wasn’t Noe the one who said to Shohei “ I’m your best friend” ….

I think he just announced it like it was solely his decision. I always thought that “best friend” status had to be mutually stated.

hockey_duckie
Member
3 years ago

Woot! Got a closer. Is he our new Joe Smith? If so, then who’s gonna be Huston Street? Or do I have it backwards?

Chase Kimura
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Member
3 years ago

I love this move. The pen needed an absolute stud at the backend of the bullpen and Iglesias is that. To get him on a salary dump (pending the PTBNL) is robbery.

I think another underrated aspect is the fact that Iglesias and Pena can pitch to more than 3 batters. Iglesias is the leader in multi-inning saves over the past 5 years. Pena and maybe even Sandoval can be other multi-inning guys.

Still a lot of work to do, need 2 stud SPs, two more relievers, and possibly a catcher. Can’t say I’d complain about one of Bauer or Snell…or both

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 years ago

Having just read the thread at the Cincy sbn site I can tell you they’re not happy.

So that’s nice. I think they’ll like it if Noe pitches well. They wonder who the ptbnl is but they expect a lower tier player. They call it a salary dump.

This encourages me.

Rallymanatee
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3 years ago

Gives to me all the Churches

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Not gonna miss noe letting leads get blown or extended on a weekly basis. 2 seasons too long. Good riddance.

Fansince1971
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3 years ago

I’m not really worried about the PTBNL. If it was a big name it would likely be stated. The Reds probably have a list of 3 or 4 players whom they are choosing from depending on their needs. Neither will be named Adell or Marsh.

red floyd
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3 years ago

Perry strikes again…

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Warfarin
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3 years ago

Absolutely fantastic move, I’m very stoked.

This deal adds less than 6.5mil to our luxury tax AAV calculation. Iglesias’ AAV is 8mil, subtract out Noe’s 1.5mil, and we are getting some cash in the deal, so after the deal is completed, we are likely only adding ~5.5-6mil AAV to our payroll while adding an all-star closer (assuming the Reds send back 500k-1mil).

With a core of Iglesias, Mayers, Pena, and Buttrey, that’s really solid. Buttrey obviously had his issues last year, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him return to form, as his stuff is clearly there.

Hopefully, we get a top-of-the-rotation type SP, and that in turn likely kicks Sandoval to the pen, where he showed quite a bit of promise last year.

Minasian has more work to do in terms of filling out that pen, but the hardest part has just been done. Fantastic move.

Jessica DeLine
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Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Warfarin

It’s a good move. But Arte never goes by AAV. He goes by total payroll. So this is a net +8MM hit on payroll. I’m fine with that so long as they still have the money to fill our other big holes. I like both of Perry’s moves so far but this certainly cuts into available payroll unless Arte plans to increase it beyond our predictions.

Warfarin
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

I’m hopeful that it’ll be a bit higher than we had hoped (payroll).

The Reds are kicking bad a little bit of money, so it’ll ultimately be less than 8mil, although I’m guessing it’ll be a very modest amount (500k-1mil) that they kick back to us.

Still, as Brent nicely outlined above, Iglesias has rather elite stuff, so we essentially added an all-star closer on a 1/8 contract.

FungoAle
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3 years ago
Reply to  Warfarin

Stoked as well. The pen is far from done, need 2+ more solid arms. Perry values having LH fireballers; aka Minter. Maybe Hader. As we cannot be sure Mayers will repeat and Buttrey will figure things out, couple more solid guys from the outside are needed. Pena can be our swing man and innings eater.

Warfarin
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3 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

In my dream scenario, we could swing some sort of trade with ATL to get one of their catching prospects + Mintner.

That said, given the Brewers are likely looking to offload salary, Hader seems like he could be an option. But if their asking price is significantly high, I would most definitely pass.

2002heaven
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3 years ago

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Perry keep trading with the Reds and setup a Brewers pipeline too! 😎  💪  🤘 
Next stop dare I say ( shhhhh…….Josh Hader? )……

cookmeister
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3 years ago

Now sign Enrique Iglesias to sing the national anthem

red floyd
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3 years ago
Reply to  cookmeister

What about Julio?

WallyChuckChili
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3 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Fluffy can come out in the 7th inning and tell some jokes

Guest
3 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Might take awhile to sing about all those girls he’s loved before, the anthem.

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Somebody likes the name Iglesias. It’s a fun name. Like Francisco.

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FungoAle
Legend
3 years ago

This is a great trade, period. There are a ton of Noe’s out there in the FA market but there are no worthy closers. Perry the Man!

The only twist is this means might not be getting Gray. Teams rarely seem to steal and pillage from the same team twice in one off-season.

Eric_in_Portland
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3 years ago

this makes me think Perry is very open to trading anyone. Ok, not “anyone” but I mean Adell, Marsh, Heaney, Canning, among others. So get ready to lose a few more fan favorites. He’s going to remake the club and while it’ll be sad to see some of the guys go I think we’ll be stronger on the other side.

Greatjake
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3 years ago

Losing Noe Ramirez makes you think that?

Eric_in_Portland
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3 years ago
Reply to  Greatjake

Yes, it’s a simple strategy.

Trade player x plus a sweetener for someone better. So we could see something like Canning plus a lower prospect for Snell.

FungoAle
Legend
3 years ago

Trading Canning makes sense to get Snell. Toss in Stassi and some prospects and let’s go! Rays need a catcher, lets move our glitzy catcher coming off a decent hit year.

Greatjake
Member
3 years ago

Not saying it’s unlikely we make a trade like that but I felt the same way before the Noe/Inglesias deal.

Eric_in_Portland
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3 years ago
Reply to  Greatjake

I’m thinking that it comes after the cleanout, with the non-tenders. Perry cut the pen in half and *then* traded a piece of what was left. So it makes me think that if an offer is made and someone asks for one of our guys Perry will ask himself “is the new guy going to be better?” and, if so, will make that deal.

Where Billy, for example, wasn’t much into that, preferring to dumpster dive. Or it could be that Perry asked for and was given more leeway.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Perry is 2 for 2. Great start!

Brent Maguire
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3 years ago

This is a fantastic pick-up. Iglesias has been one of baseball’s consistently dominant relievers for the last half-decade. He has three really good pitches, throws strikes, has improved his K/BB numbers in three straight years, and has maintained his velocity at age 30.

At that price, the Angels’ budget is obviously quite a bit smaller now but there’s definitely room for a pair of starters.

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago

Very nice acquisition.

Iglesias is consistent; only one bad year out of six.

Key here is the sub 1.00 WHIP. The SO/K rate is also very important.

The ONE thing a closer or late inning high leverage reliever absolutely CANNOT do is come in and walk people. I feel pretty sure that Raisel won’t be doing that.

This guy is one of the better closers in the game.

Thumb’s up.

FungoAle
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3 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

THIS

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

Obviously I meant SO/BB rate. I tried to fix in edits but perhaps too much time elapsed when I caught it.

Mia
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Mia
3 years ago

Salary dump for the Reds? I’m not too worried about the PTBNL.

Good move!

John Henry Weitzel
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Super Member
3 years ago

I’ll miss you Noè… You did your job. Thank you.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 years ago

I’m a Noe fan so I’m not immediately thrilled with this. Nevertheless, maybe it’s a good move. Why is “nevertheless” one word?

Guest
3 years ago

Nevermore will I wonder.

red floyd
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3 years ago
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Notwithstanding, it’s an unknown.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

There’s another one, Whatchamacallit? I’ll let you know when I figure it out

Rallymanatee
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Noe is not an Angel hitherto forthwith.