LA Angels: Jose Iglesias released, ends disappointing tenure with Halos

Jose Iglesias, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Jose Iglesias, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /

Jose Iglesias really didn’t cut it this year for the LA Angels.

He had the most errors on the team at 16, and had a .958 fielding percentage. He’ll make those highlight reel plays, but he misses too many routine plays to be the valuable defensive player he had the potential to be.

Iglesias was also bad offensively this season, despite some good stretches. The bad stretches happened more often that the good ones, and they happened far too often. Iglesias batted .259/.295/.375 with just eight home runs and only 41 RBI to go along with 57 runs scored.

The LA Angels were right to release Jose Iglesias.

I mean, did anybody seriously think that the LA Angels would re-sign Jose Iglesias this offseason?

He hadn’t played all week, and the Halos clearly wanted to give Jack Mayfield chances to play and develop at shortstop for the future.

Iglesias wasn’t going to be back, so we might as well just speed up the process and release him now. Now we get a shot to focus on developing our guy, and Iglesias will have the chance to join a different club for the rest of this year.

I’ll be curious to see what happens with Iglesias for the rest of the year, and what happens to him this offseason. The infielder has been an All-Star before, but hasn’t rekindled that magic since that 2015 season. He had a very good year last year, but it was in just 39 games of play.

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Those 39 games looked like the Angels might have gotten a steal by signing Iglesias for just $3.5 million. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way at all.