The LA Angels already swiped Noah Syndergaard from the New York Mets, and they had no intentions of stopping.
They've officially signed Aaron Loup away from the Mets, on a two-year contract. This is huge, as there weren't many relief pitchers better than Loup last season.
Loup was 6-0 last year and posted an 0.95 ERA on the season. His ERA+ literally almost broke the scale at 422. Recording an 0.935 WHIP, there was nothing to not love about Loup's season last year.
Aaron Loup is a major addition at a position of need for the LA Angels.
Aaron Loup comes to an LA Angels bullpen that struggled last year. They posted the seventh-worst bullpen ERA in baseball (4.59), and were top 10 in most walks per nine innings (4.04).
Loup is a guy who's not going to walk a lot of guys, and has walked just 2.2 per nine over the course of his last two seasons. He's been dominant in these last two years, allowing just a .194 batting average. The Angels' bullpen could use that, as they allowed the seventh-highest batting average in the game this past season at .245.
They had a 1.40 WHIP, which was sixth-worst in MLB. Loup was an awesome candidate to try to fix this pen. He's had several good years in this league, and almost all of them were in the American League.
Now, he'll get the chance to return to the AL after he just built a lot of confidence through having the best year of his career. He knows what it's like to pitch in a big market, and he's ready for our team.