LA Angels: This free agent should undoubtedly receive a Qualifying Offer

Raisel Iglesias, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Raisel Iglesias, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

The LA Angels have little to lose by offering Raisel Iglesias a Qualifying Offer.

The Qualifying Offers for MLB this year are a bit under what they were last year at $18.4 million. If they offer him the QO, he’ll have the chance to either accept it and the $18.4 million he’d then be set to make this year, or he could reject it and go after a longer deal in free agency.

$18.4 million is about the average annual contract value that he’d deserve, so there should be no issue with the Angels extending him the QO if they indeed want to bring him back.

The LA Angels need to bring Raisel Iglesias back.

There should be no question as to why the LA Angels should be bringing Raisel Iglesias back. He’s one of the best closers in baseball, totaling 34 saves this season with a 7-5 record.

Wielding one of the best fastballs in baseball, he struck out a career-high 13.2 batters per nine innings this season. He only walked a career-best 1.5 batters per nine innings.

Iglesias has sported an extremely impressive 0.925 WHIP in these last two seasons, and has a lot of experience pitching at a high level in his career.

He’s had a total of two seasons over a 2.74 ERA, and one of those was his rookie year.

The Halos have a good thing going with him, and need to keep him around. If he declines the qualifying offer and tests free agency, he’d likely cost little over that $18.4 million per year, and the Angels have plenty of money to not only give it to him but also sign him for a longer deal.

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He’s the number one priority when it comes to players we can re-sign, and it’s a no-brainer to try to start that process by extending him that qualifying offer.