The Angels responded to a huge need for a short halt by acquiring Jose Iglesias of the Orioles on Wednesday for Little League right-handers Gareth Stollings and Jean Pinto. Iglesias gives the Angels a short stop for Andrelton Simmons, who is a free agent and has not been offered a qualifying offer. Moose
The angels turned to a great need for a short stop as they acquired
Iglesias gives the Angels a short stop for Andrelton Simmons, who is a free agent and has not been offered a qualifying offer. Los Angeles also has an assistant assistant, David Fletcher, if necessary, but he is expected to take over at second base.
Angels general manager Perry Minasyan, in his first big deal since hiring last month, said it was important for the club to meet the needs of midfield defense.
“Obviously Jose was around,”
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Minazian said that character and makeup will be a big part of any acquisition of a player for the Angels. Manager Joe Madden and veteran field coach Brian Butterfield strongly supported Iglesias in this regard.
“He loves to play,” Minasyan said. “He wakes up thinking about a game, goes home and thinks about a game. He has really taken the lead, especially in Baltimore, and has led some of the young players there. Not only is he a talent, but so is the man. This is really important. “
Iglesias, who turns 31 in January, is in the second year of a two-year, $ 6 million deal signed with the orioles last winter. His salary in 2021 is set at $ 3.5 million. He can then join a potentially charged class of free agent short stops, which includes Corey Sieger, Francisco Lindor, Trevor Story, Carlos Correa and Javier Baes.
“The contract is attractive for what we are trying to do,” Minasyan said. “It allows us to allocate other resources to other areas of need. That was really appropriate for us. “
Iglesias played in 39 games for the Orioles last season and hit .373 / .400 / .556. It was removed for 10 days in August with a left quadrangular strain. It was the fifth time in seven years that Iglesias has been on the injured list, including in 2014, when he was removed from stress fractures in both shins while with the Tigers.
“We looked at the medical and we are confident that he will be productive and help this team win matches in the 21st,” Minasyan said.
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Iglesias joins the inside, which has Anthony Randon in third place and Albert Pujols in first place. Fletcher moved into second place, but the Angels also have Luis Rengifo, who is coming out of a disabled season. Minazian said the angels viewed Fletcher as a second base caliber with gold gloves.
Iglesias is a nine-year veteran and was a star of the Tigers in 2015. He originally signed with the Red Sox after leaving Cuba in 2009.
The 23 Stallings were selected by the Angels in the fifth round of the 2019 project from the University of Tennessee. The 19-year-old Pinto was signed by Halos as an international free agent on May 8, 2019.
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