Raisel Iglesias makes mark on Los Angeles Angels record books

Sep 23, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias (32) throws against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 23, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias (32) throws against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Los Angeles Angels‘ ongoing quest to find arms has typically resulted in disaster. They have continued to attempt to patch together their pitching staff, signing pitchers to one year deals and typically failing to get the results they had hoped for. There have been a couple of exceptions, such as closer Raisel Iglesias, who was brought in via trade this past offseason.

Iglesias has been exactly what the Angels had hoped for. He has even carved his name into their record books as he has struck out 100 batters as a reliever, the first member of the Angels bullpen to do so since Francisco Rodriguez in 2004.

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Unlike other attempts to lock down the ninth inning, Iglesias has come through for the Angels. He has notched 32 saves this season, posting a 2.69 ERA and a 0.940 WHiP over his 67 innings. Iglesias has struck out 100 batters with just 12 walks, being a dominant force to close out games this season.

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This strong season, as beneficial as it has been, also puts the Angels in a tough spot. Iglesias is a free agent once the season is over, potentially leaving a gaping hole in the ninth inning once again. The shopping list will be the same in Los Angeles – a top of the rotation starter, a closer, and several relievers.

There is a problem with this strategy. There will not be many closers on the market. In fact, one could make the argument that, with Craig Kimbrel‘s struggles with the White Sox, Iglesias could be the best closer available. Other teams in desperate need of help in the ninth inning will likely target Iglesias as well.

Such competition would put even more pressure on the Angels. They know that he can handle the role, and he has thrived in Los Angeles. While the argument can be made that the Angels should focus on other aspects of their pitching staff, they believe that they can contend soon. Bringing back Iglesias, a proven closer who can handle the pressure of a playoff chase, could make a difference.

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Raisel Iglesias has put his name in the Los Angeles Angels record books. Now the Angels need to find a way to bring him back after this season.