Nobody was surprised to see that Shohei Ohtani made the All-MLB team at both positions.
The AL All-Star Game starter was named to the second team as a starting pitcher. And even more impressively, he was named First Team All-MLB as a Designated Hitter.
It was possible that he would be the only LA Angels player representing, however. We know that there was another that should be selected, but would the MLB give him his respect? Luckily, they did include Raisel Iglesias on their All-MLB roster.
Both Shohei Ohtani AND Raisel Iglesias were selected as All-MLB players.
Shohei Ohtani and Raisel Iglesias both crack the pitching staff of the second team All-MLB roster. Ohtani was selected as a starter of course, along with Max Fried, Kevin Gausman, Julio Urias, and Zack Wheeler on that second team. With Iglesias in the pen for that roster is Kenley Jansen.
Many may not realize just how dominant Iglesias' season was this year. He had 34 saves (39 opportunities) and recorded a 2.57 ERA. His WHIP was 0.929 and he struck out a career-high 13.2 batters per nine innings.
Walking just 1.5 batters per nine, he threw strikes and strikes only. Owning one of the best fastballs in the game, Iglesias is electric. It's why only 6.8 hitters can get a hit off of him every nine innings, and why he posted a 174 ERA+.
Now it's going to be about re-signing him. Projections typically have him signing for around $15 million per year for about four years. Some do have him signing somewhere for three, but then the average annual value of the contract ends up getting raised.
He wants to be an Angel, but he will understandably chase the biggest bag possible. He deserves a lot of money after the last two seasons he's put out (11-8, 2.61 ERA). Some have him predicted to stay, and some have him predicted to go.
The Angels are rightfully focused on acquiring starting rotation pieces, but they better not forget about getting a deal done with Iglesias.