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OC Register: Angels acquire shortstop Jose Iglesias from Orioles

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The Angels picked up a shortstop and unloaded a couple of their more prominent relievers on Wednesday.

The Angels acquired shortstop Jose Iglesias from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for two minor league pitchers just before announcing they had not offered arbitration to five relief pitchers, including Hansel Robles and Keynan Middleton.

Neither move can be considered a surprise because both pitchers failed to perform up to expectations in 2020. Robles was set to make around $4 million and Middleton around $1 million.

They also non-tendered Justin Anderson, Hoby Milner and Matt Andriese. They offered arbitration to the six other eligible players.

In the deal with the Orioles, the Angels traded right-handers Garrett Stallings and Jean Pinto for Iglesias.

Iglesias, 30, has played parts of nine seasons in the majors, never performing as well offensively as he did in a shortened 2020 season with the Orioles.

Iglesias hit .373 with three home runs and a .956 OPS, well above his career averages of .273 and .687 coming into 2020.

He had been known mostly for his glove throughout his career. He was limited to 24 games at shortstop, with 15 at DH, because of a lingering hamstring issue in 2020.

A native of Cuba, Iglesias reached the majors with the Boston Red Sox and then played for the Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds and Orioles.

The Orioles signed him to a one-year deal with an option before the 2020 season, and they recently exercised the option to pay him $3.5 million in 2021.

Stallings, 23, was the Angels’ fifth-round pick in 2019. He has not yet pitched professionally, because the Angels held him out of the second half of the 2019 season and there was no minor league season in 2020. He was ranked the No. 21 prospect in the Angels’ system by MLB Pipeline and Baseball America did not rank him in the top 30.

Pinto, 19, had only pitched half a season in the Dominican Summer League, striking out 19 and walking three in 12 innings.

More to come on this story.

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