The Angels took a short stop and offloaded a few of their more prominent relievers on Wednesday.
The Angels took over shortstop Jose Iglesias from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for two minor league pitchers just before announcing they had not offered arbitration to five auxiliary waters, including Hansel Robles and Keynan Middleton.
Neither move should be considered a surprise, as both pitchers fell short of expectations in 2020. Robles would make about $ 4 million and Middleton about $ 1 million.
They also didn’t offer Justin Anderson, Hoby Milner, and Matt Andriese. They offered arbitration to the six other eligible players: Dylan Bundy, Andrew Heaney, Mike Mayers, Shohei Ohtani, Felix Peña and Max Stassi.
In the deal with the Orioles, the Angels traded right-handers Garrett Stallings and Jean Pinto for Iglesias.
Iglesias, 30, played in the majors for nine seasons and never performed as well offensively as in a shortened 2020 season with the Orioles.
Iglesias hit .373 with three home runs and a .956 OPS, well above his career averages of .273 and .687 that came in 2020. He was an All-Star with the Detroit Tigers in 2015 when he hit .300 with a. 717 OPS.
Throughout his career he was best known for his glove. He was limited to 24 games at short stop, with 15 on DH, due to an ongoing hamstring problem in 2020.
Born in Cuba, Iglesias reached the majors with the Boston Red Sox, then played for the Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds and Orioles.
The Orioles signed him on a one-year deal with an option for the 2020 season, and they recently took advantage of the option to pay him $ 3.5 million in 2021.
Stallings, 23, was the Angels’ fifth round in 2019. He hasn’t pitched professionally yet, as the Angels kept him out of the second half of the 2019 season and there was no minor league season in 2020. He was ranked as the Number 21 prospect in the Angels’ system by MLB Pipeline and Baseball America did not place him in the top 30.
Pinto, 19, had pitched only half a season in the Dominican Summer League, struckout 19 and walked three in 12 innings.
As for the non-tenders, the move with Robles was expected after posting a 10.26 ERA in 19 games in 2020, a disappointing follow-up to a 2019 breakout in which he saved 23 games with a 2.48 ERA.
Middleton got closer to the Angels in early 2018 before sustaining an injury that required Tommy John surgery. He came back to pitch in only 7-2 / 3 innings in 2019. In 2020, he was not used in high leverage situations and was eventually shipped to Long Beach to train at the alternate training site. He had a 5.25 ERA in 12 innings.
Anderson’s failure to tender was kind of a formality, as he is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The moves with those five relievers come about a month after Cam Bedrosian was assigned for assignment, leaving GM Perry Minasian with some more work to rebuild the bullpen.
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