The LA Angels don’t have a free agent class that’ll wow anybody, but they’ve got a couple really good players who are now free agents.
It’s also worth pointing out that they also made it onto FanSided‘s own Call to the Pen‘s top free agent list. The best part about that is that this list narrows it down even further. It’s a top 25 list, and the two Angels were once again listed.
Raisel Iglesias and Alex Cobb are the two free agents once again listed on a top free agent list.
Iglesias is the No. 1 reliever on the list, and for good reason. What other reliever can anyone find in free agency better than Iglesias?
Iglesias had 34 saves last season, and posted a 2.57 ERA to go along with a 7-5 record. He struck out a career-high 13.2 batters per nine innings, largely due to his fastball which has become one of the best in the world.
He walked just 1.5 batters per nine innings this season, and has posted an 0.925 WHIP over the past two seasons. Whoever signs Iglesias is getting him at the perfect time. He’s pitching with so much momentum and now has 34 saves in back-to-back 162-game seasons.
Cobb is also a guy who’s pitching with a ton of momentum. After a 2019 that was not only lackluster, but saw Cobb get injured, Cobb bounced back a little bit in 2020. Posting a 4.30 ERA, he looked like he was getting closer to the pitcher he used to be.
The Halos took a chance on him, and he delivered. He threw it all the way back to the very good pitcher he was in the past, going 8-3 with a 3.76 ERA and struck out a career-high 9.5 batters per nine innings. He’s back, he just couldn’t show it over a large sample size.
He started just 18 games. His absence was certainly felt, however, by the Angels when he was gone. He proved how valuable he can be to a rotation, and therefore is of course deserving of being a top 22 free agent.
I’m sure the Angels want to keep these two, and I’m sure these two want to stay. It’s all going to come down to money, however, and the Angels need to prioritize bringing these guys back. There’s a reason they’re going to have a lot of interest around the league this winter.