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)