Raisel Iglesias, Los Angeles Angels agree to four-year deal, source says

Closer Raisel Iglesias and the Los Angeles Angels are in agreement on a four-year contract, a source familiar with the deal told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Tuesday night.

Financial terms weren't immediately known.


Iglesias, 31, had turned down the qualifying offer from the Angels but now ends up back in Anaheim.

He enjoyed a fantastic season on a Los Angeles pitching staff that was generally underwhelming in 2021, as he posted a 2.57 ERA with 34 saves in 65 appearances. Iglesias, 31, struck out 103 batters and issued only 12 walks in 70 innings for a career-best 8.58 strikeout-to-walk ratio and ultimately finished 11th in American League Cy Young Award voting.

A native of Cuba, Iglesias has a 3.06 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP since debuting for the Cincinnati Reds in 2015, striking out 29.7% of hitters and walking 7.3%. His 134 saves from 2017 to 2021 trail only Kenley Jansen and Edwin Diaz for the major league lead.


Iglesias, who relies on a fastball, a slider and a changeup, spent his first six years with the Reds before getting sent to the Angels in a cost-cutting move in December 2020. The Angels opted not to trade Iglesias at midseason, even though they were already out of the playoff mix by that point, largely because they were hopeful of bringing him back on a multiyear contract.

ESPN's Alden Gonzalez contributed to this report.
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