Iglesias is slashing .300/.300/.700 with a home run and five RBI through 11 Cactus League games. Iglesias came over from Baltimore in a December trade and was immediately tabbed as the Angels' new starter at shortstop. The 31-year-old has transitioned smoothly to his new club, swinging the bat well and showing off his defensive prowess this spring. He has hit primarily out of the ninth spot and is likely to stay in the eighth or ninth position in the order when the regular season kicks off.
Iglesias was traded from the Orioles to the Angels on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Baltimore picked up the 30-year-old's $3.5 million club option for 2021 last month, but he's now being sent to Los Angeles for minor-league pitchers Garrett Stallings and Jean Pinto. Iglesias has always been known for his defense, but he broke out at the plate during the 2020 campaign with a .373/.400/.566 slash line and 17 doubles in 39 games. He's poised to take over as the Halos' starting shortstop after Andrelton Simmons became a free agent at the end of the season.
The Orioles picked up Iglesias' $3.5 million option for the 2021 season Sunday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Most team options have been declined so far this offseason, but Iglesias had a promising first season with Baltimore and projects to be the team's starting shortstop in 2021. He hit .373 (.407 BABIP) with three home runs and an 11.3 percent strikeout rate in his age-30 season.
Iglesias is not in the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Iglesias is 5-for-13 with two homers and three doubles in his last four games, but he'll take a seat for the season finale. Pat Valaika receives the start at shortstop Sunday for the O's.
Iglesias went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 10-5 loss to the Blue Jays. The shortstop went yard for the second straight game, and all three of his homers this season have come in his last eight games. Iglesias' current .941 OPS would be over 200 points higher than his prior career best of .735, set back in 2013.
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