The offseason moves by general manager Perry Minasian have addressed some needs, but Angels fans are left wanting more. The transactions involve some well-regarded players and are considered cost-effective. The glaring similarity in each deal is the one-year contracts attached to each player.
On Friday, the Angels officially announced a one-year, $8 million deal with starting pitcher Jose Quintana. The lefty joins catcher Kurt Suzuki who was also signed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal.
The Angels have set up one-year contracts because they are still unsure if they will be competitors in 2021.
Earlier this offseason, Minasian traded for shortstop Jose Iglesias and relief pitchers Raisel Iglesias and Alex Claudio, all of whom are entering the final year of their contracts. The new additions figure to have a meaningful impact in 2021, and join the eight total Angels who will become free agents following this season.
Angels 2022 Free Agents + Current Salary
- 1B/DH Albert Pujols ($30 million)
- RHP Raisel Iglesias ($9.125 million)
- RHP Dylan Bundy ($8.33 million)
- LHP Jose Quintana ($8 million)
- LHP Andrew Heaney ($6.75 million)
- SS Jose Iglesias ($6 million)
- C Kurt Suzuki ($1.5 million)
- LHP Alex Claudio ($1.13 million)
The upcoming Angels free agents will unload a little over $70 million on next season’s payroll, and that number will increase following the end of Justin Upton’s current two-year, $51 million deal. If Moreno and the Angels choose to bring out their checkbooks in the next season or two, there will be some notable free agents to go after.