Arte Moreno uncharacteristically has the LA Angels sign Raisel Iglesias to multi-year contract

Sep 23, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias (32)
Sep 23, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias (32) / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

LA Angels General Manager Perry Minasian knew something had to be done.

Deep down, the first year executive knew that drastic measures had to be taken. 

His back was to the wall. Perry Minasian’s well crafted reputation was on the line. His family are baseball people. 

LA Angels GM Perry Minasian’s siblings have championship pennants and rings.

Perry Minasian's brother is the scouting director of the National League West champion San Francisco Giants. Perry’s other brother is the equipment and clubhouse director of the World Series champion Atlanta Braves. 

Minasian’s children were asking him why their grandparents weren’t coming to visit after the season, one which the LA Angels were, again, out of the postseason. 

He had to explain that grandma and grandpa were flying all over the country to cheer on his brothers while on their respective championship runs.

LA Angels superstars Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani were making noise about how the Angels have to go all-in this offseason. The LA Angels fan base has been patient for too long.

Minasian's free agent pitching wish list has dwindled away to nothing. Two former LA Angels general managers, the Seattle Mariners Jerry DiPoto and the New York Mets Billy Eppler bagged the top two names on Minasian’s list. 

He was getting desperate. 

LA Angels owner Arte Moreno’s traditional reluctance of giving multi-year deals to pitchers combined with Moreno’s sted-fast obstinance with paying the luxury tax were making Minasian finally understand why so many general managers have come and gone for the LA Angels. 

If he thought he was going to change the owner and things were going to be different, then Minasian, for all his well-meaning intentions, was mistaken. 

He must’ve dreamt of tying Moreno to a chair and locking him in a room with no way to access the outside. 

That could’ve been what happened. The LA Angels did a miraculous thing and signed their 2021 All-Star closer Raisel Iglesias to a four-year contract. Four years for $58 million ($14.5 million per year).

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If LA Angels general manager Perry Minasian can just get one more front line starter, it’ll be worth it.