LA Angels trade rumors: What happens if Raisel Iglesias is moved?
By Evan Desai
Raisel Iglesias is an LA Angels reliever whose name continues to pop up in trade discussions as we keep approaching the trade deadline.
Those numbers from Iglesias are very good. Just a few days ago, FanSided’s MLB Insider, Robert Murray, had this to write about Iglesias:
"“He is expected to have a strong market, with one rival executive calling him ‘probably the best reliever available not named Craig Kimbrel if they decide to move him.'”"
While the Halos could get a haul for Iglesias, it’s also worth remembering that Iglesias is the best reliever on the Angels. It’s a tough call to make, but if the Halos decide to trade him, it better be for a huge return.
If the LA Angels trade Raisel Iglesias, their bullpen will be terrible.
I don’t necessarily have an issue with the LA Angels trading Raisel Iglesias. If they want to sell, that’s the way to go.
However, it’s also worth monitoring that the Angels bullpen without Iglesias has one reliever with an ERA under 4.00, which is slumping Steve Cishek. Interestingly enough, I think he may have to end up taking over closer duties for the Angels once Iglesias leaves.
Not because I think Cishek is a reliable closer, but because I have no idea who else is more reliable.
The Halos’ bullpen has the seventh-worst ERA in baseball (4.82), the eighth-worst BB/9 rate (4.31), and the fourth-worst opponent batting average (.250).
Iglesias has the best mark in all of those statistics out of Angels relievers.
The Angels are fine to shop Iglesias, but need to only swap him if the value in return is at the absolute highest. If they trade him, they’re going to be bad. They need to make sure they lock up impact prospects if they make a deal.