MLB: Angels keep pitcher in the Loup
Left-handed reliever Aaron Loup has agreed to a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels in a deal worth $17million.
The Angels are 30/1 to win the World Series and the club announced the deal on Monday evening adding one of the most effective relievers on the free-agent market.
Los Angeles also added right-handed starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard to an already impressive off-season free agent capture.
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The 33-year-old Loup went 6-0 with a 0.95 ERA in 65 appearances last season for the New York Mets, posting the lowest ERA among all major league relievers with at least 50 innings.
Loup will make $7.5million in each of his guaranteed seasons under the contract, while the Angels also have a club option for 2024 at $7.5million, with a $2million buyout.
He will be a key component of another rebuilt bullpen under general manager Perry Minasian.
Loup has also pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays before joining the Mets last year. He has a career 3.05 ERA.
Angels busy with pitchers
Last week, Syndergaard signed a one-year, $21million deal to join their rotation alongside MVP Shohei Ohtani and young starters Patrick Sandoval and Jose Suarez.
The Angels have also indicated that they will attempt to re-sign closer Raisel Iglesias, who has emerged as likely the top reliever on the free-agent market after an outstanding season with the club.
Iglesias declined a qualifying offer earlier this month, but said he would like to return.
The Angels have designated left-hander Hector Yan for assignment in a roster move for Loup's signature.