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Grading the LA Angels’ pre-MLB lockout signings

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Raisel Iglesias, LA Angels
Jul 28, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias (32) / Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

With the MLB lockout halting all offseason transactions, now's a perfect time to take stock of who the LA Angels have already brought on board.

When the offseason began, GM Perry Minasian made a commitment to bringing in some serious talent for the Halos to finally make a serious postseason push for 2022. For the first few weeks he definitely made good on that promise, though, things did slow down towards the end of the month.

But for once, instead of focusing on who we didn't get, let's just evaluate the bevy of talent the front office did bring in.

The LA Angels deserve high marks for their offseason signings so far.

Raisel Iglesias - Four years/$58 million

Let’s start with the big one. Arguably the most important signing the LA Angels have made so far, bringing back Raisel Iglesias was an absolute must for this team.

After a career year in which he produced a 2.57 ERA with 13.2 K/9 and had 34 saves, Iglesias was the most sought after reliever on the market.

And yet, despite endless rumors connecting him to the Marlins, it was ultimately the Angels who re-signed the best closer in baseball.

For an Angels team that has mostly been resistant to giving out long-term deals to pitchers of any kind, this move may hint at a welcome change of philosophy within the front office.

Grade: A+

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