Why LA Angels’ Qualifying Offer to Raisel Iglesias could become historical

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 offered Raisel Iglesias a Qualifying Offer over the weekend, and it was the right choice.

The Qualifying Offer was for $18.4 million, which is about what Iglesias would get in terms of average annual value if he hit the free market. He could obviously get more years, but he’s not going to get much more than the $18.4 million for each year.

Iglesias is in a good spot. If he turns down the QO, he’ll have the chance to really test just how many years he can accumulate guaranteed money from. If he accepts it, he’d be the highest paid reliever in history in terms of value for one year.

The LA Angels proved that they are interested in Raisel Iglesias, even if it will cost very much.

By offering this to Raisel Iglesias, the LA Angels prove that they are willing to pay him a high salary. They also gave him the chance to accept this right away of course, and not even need to try to negotiate a multi-year deal with him.

He’ll likely pursue that multi-year deal, however, so the Angels need to be ready. He needs to be re-signed. There’s no question.

He’s one of the best closers in baseball, recording 34 saves this season with a 2.57 ERA and 0.929 WHIP. He struck out 13.2 batters per nine innings, which is vital to someone in a closer role. He also only walked 1.5 batters per nine innings.

Having one of the best fastballs in the American League, Iglesias has earned his reputation as one of the elite closers in this game.

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The Halos not trading him to get something from him at the deadline probably proves that the Halos are very interested in bringing him back no matter what. We now, however, have already seen their first effort to keep him in Anaheim.