The Angels may have trouble getting starting pitching on waivers

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The Angels’ playoff hopes took a serious hit when they lost Garrett Richards for the season in Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox. The right-hander suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee and was given a recovery timetable of six to nine weeks.

Without Richards, the Angels’ starting rotation is much less imposing. Hector Santiago and Matt Shoemaker have the club’s next-best ERA’s at 3.46 and 3.56, respectively. As a result, many expect the Angels to pursue starting pitching via the waiver wire — such as Bartolo Colon and Scott Feldman — but as Peter Gammons writes on Twitter, the Orioles and Yankees are “claiming everyone“.

The Angels have the best record in baseball, so they are last when it comes to making a waiver claim. That only makes things even more difficult for them to bolster their rotation with roughly five weeks remaining in the regular season.

Reds, Raisel Iglesias agree to three-year contract

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The Reds announced on Wednesday that the club and pitcher Raisel Iglesias agreed to a three-year contract. Iglesias had been on a seven-year, $27 million contract signed in June 2014 and had two years with $10 million remaining. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the new contract is worth $24.125 million, so it’s a hefty pay raise for Iglesias.

Iglesias, who turns 29 years old in January, has gotten better every season pitching out of the Reds’ bullpen. In 2018, he posted a 2.38 ERA with 30 saves and an 80/25 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. Over his four-year career, the right-hander has 64 saves with a 2.97 ERA and a 359/106 K/BB ratio in 321 2/3 innings.

Iglesias gets little fanfare pitching for the Reds, fifth-place finishers in each of his four years, but he is certainly among baseball’s better relievers. Signing him to a new three-year deal gives them some certainty at the back of the bullpen in the near future.

There was a bit of confusion regarding his previous contract, which allowed him to opt out and file for arbitration if eligible. Iglesias has three years and 154 days of service time, so his new contract essentially covers his arbitration-eligible years.