3 early extensions the LA Angels should pursue as soon as possible
By Evan Desai
No. 1 early extension the LA Angels should pursue: Raisel Iglesias
Like Cobb, the LA Angels chose not to trade Raisel Iglesias despite a big market for the closer.
So, like with Cobb, the Angels should renew that faith in the closer, go all out, and extend him.
What would be the downside in extending Iglesias? He’s easily the best reliever on the Angels.
He has a 2.94 ERA (which is the lowest out of Angels’ relievers), he’s walked just 1.56 batters per nine (which is the lowest out of Angels’ relievers who have pitched more than five times), and he has a 13.50 strikeouts per nine rate (which is the highest out of Angels’ relievers who have pitched more than four times).
No Angels’ reliever has a higher fWAR than Iglesias (1.3), and no Angels reliever has a lower WHIP than Iglesias (0.88).
He’s hands-down one of the best relievers in baseball right now. Get a deal done now so we don’t have to enter bidding wars that we know are going to take place when free agency kicks up.
Get deals done with all of these Angels now, that way we can focus on newer and bigger acquisitions in the winter meetings.